Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2001/0100
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
India - Cyclone 01A
28 May 2001
This message is not an official cyclone warning, nor is it an alert for any country.
1. Tropical Cyclone 01A over the Arabian sea approaches the Gujarat coastline of India though it appears to be weakening. According to the latest cyclone warning bulletin (No.20) issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 1130 hrs (local time) on 28 May 2001, the cyclonic storm has moved slowly northwards and lay centred about 250 km southwest of Porbandar at 0830 hrs on 28 May, with associated wind speed of 70-80 km/h.
2. The bulletin indicates that the system is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction and possibly recurve and cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Naliya late at night on 28 May or early in the morning on 29 May. Severe weather accompanied by widespread rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and squally winds reaching a speed of 60-70 km/h is likely to affect Saurashtra and Kutch during the next 24 to 48 hours. Storm surges of 1.5 to 2.0 metres over and above astronomical tide levels are expected near the landfall point and the sea will be high along and off the Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts.
3. The Control Room at the Indian Ministry of Agriculture has been working round the clock and is in constant touch with the IMD and with the governments of the respective States. The Cabinet Secretary has been holding daily meetings of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) since 23 May to review the preparatory measures and action taken by relevant entities.
4. The army is on standby in Gujarat; paramilitary forces have been shifted to Kutch, Jamnagar, Porbandar and Junagarh from south Gujarat where they had previously been posted. Authorities have been broadcasting radio warnings to more than 950 fishermen who had sailed from the port city of Jamnagar.
5. The government of the neighbouring State of Rajasthan has alerted collectors in 11 districts falling within the Udaipur and Jodhpur divisions to take appropriate preparedness measures. A control room is already operational in Jaipur.
6. The activities undertaken by the Indian authorities are reflected on their Internet website at http://www.ndmindia.nic.in.
7. The UN Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) in New Delhi has been monitoring the situation in consultation with the Indian authorities.
8. In Bhuj, representatives of UN agencies and national and international NGOs are meeting every day to review the preparedness measures and discuss the latest cyclone situation. It was agreed on 25 May that in the event of the cyclone hitting the Kutch coast, a post-cyclone assessment should be conducted by UN and international agencies on the magnitude of damage and relief needs. WHO and UNDP have prepared a contingency plan; four WHO vehicles with four UNDP engineers and four WHO doctors will be on standby to lend all possible assistance to the local administration.
9. The UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Islamabad, Pakistan is in contact with the Pakistani authorities and informed on 27 May that while no part of Pakistan is under threat, coastal authorities and the Karachi administration have almost completed plans to meet any eventuality.
10. OCHA Geneva is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Offices in New Delhi and in Islamabad, and will revert with further information if the situation warrants it.
11. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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