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India: Cyclone over Arabian Sea Situation Report No. 4

Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi

Cyclone Situation Report No. 4
Dated the: 26th May, 2001 1800 hours

SUBJECT: CYCLONE OVER ARABIAN SEA - SITUATION REPORT

Following Messages were received from IMD:

At 0830 hours on 22nd May, 2001: A low pressure area formed over East Central Arabian Sea on 21.5.2001 and rapidly concentrated into a deep depression. It further concentrated into a cyclonic storm about 350 kms west-south west of Goa. Likely to cross between Karwar and Ratnagiri by 23.5.2001 afternoon.

At 1730 hours on 22nd May, 2001: The cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea has slowly moved eastwards and lay centred about 300 kms south west of Goa. It is likely to intensify further and move in an east-north easterly direction and expected to cross the coast between Karwar and Ratnagiri by 23.5.2001 afternoon.

At 0530hours on 23rd May, 2001: The cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred about 300 kms west southwest of Goa. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north easterly direction and expected to cross the coast between Goa and Ratnagiri by 24.5.2001 forenoon.

At 0830 hours on 23rd May, 2001: The severe cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea lay centred about 300 kms west of Goa and likely to intensify further move in a northerly direction initially and expected to cross the Maharashtra coast between Devgarh and Alibagh by 24.5.2001 afternoon. However, since there is some possibility that the system may continue to move north wards, it poses a potential threat to Gujarat coast line also.

At 1730 hours on 23rd May,2001: The severe cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea lay centred about 270 kms of West South West of Ratnagiri and likely to intensify further and continue moving in a northerly direction. It is likely to cross South Gujarat Coast between Surat and Verawal by morning of 25.5.2001.

At 0530 hours on 24th May, 2001 : The severe cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea lay centred about 550 kms South of Verawal and likely to cross South Gujarat Coast between Surat and Verawal by evening of 25.5.2001.

At 1130 hours on 24th May, 2001: The severe cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea lay centred about 500 kms South of Verawal. It is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross Gujarat Coast between Verawal and Surat by 26.5.2001.

At 1800 hours on 24th May, 2001 : The very severe cyclonic storm over Arabian sea has intensified further with associated wind speeds of 200 to 220 kmph, moved slowly in a Northwesterly direction since morning and lies centred about 500 km South Southwest of Veraval at 1430 hrs IST of today. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross Gujarat Coast between Veraval and Surat by Morning of 26.5.2001.

At 2200 hours on 24th May, 2001: The very severe cyclonic storm over Arabian sea remained practically stationery and lies centred about 500 km South Southwest of Veraval at 1730 hrs IST of today. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross Gujarat Coast between Veraval and Surat by evening of 26th May, 2001.

At 0600 hours on 25th May, 2001 : The very severe cyclonic storm over Arabian sea remained practically stationery and lies centred about 500 km South Southwest of Veraval at 0230 hrs IST of today. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross Gujarat Coast between Veraval and Surat by evening of 26th May, 2001.

At 1130 hours on 25th May, 2001: The very severe cyclonic storm over Arabian sea remained practically stationery and lies centred about 500 km South Southwest of Veraval at 0830 hrs IST of today. It has slightly weakened and presently the maximum wind speed is 180-200 kmph. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross-Gujarat Coast Coast between Veraval and Naliya by 26th night/27th May morning.

At 1730 Hours on 25th May, 2001: The very severe cyclonic storm over Arabian sea remained practically stationery and weakened slightly and lies centred about 500 km South Southwest of Veraval at 0830 hrs IST of today. It has slightly weakened and presently the maximum wind speed is 180-200 kmph. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time but possibly recurve and cross-Gujarat Coast Coast between Veraval and Naliya by 26th night/27th May morning.

At 0600 Hours on 26th May, 2001: The very severe cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea has moved slightly westward with its centre about 550 KM South West of Veraval at 0230 Hrs IST of today. The associated wind speeds are of the order of 150-160 KMPH. The system is likely to move in a North-Northwesterly direction for some time, but possibly recurve and cross Gujarat coast between Veraval and Naliya by 27 May afternoon .

At 1130 Hours on 26th May, 2001: The very severe cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea has shown slight Northwesterly movement since yesterday. It has also weakened and lay centred at 0830 Hrs IST of today, May 26 about 500 KM South-Southwest of Porbandar as a severe cyclonic storm with associated wind speeds of 100 to 120 KMPH The weakening trend is likely to persist and the system is still likely to recurve and cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Naliya on 27th night/28 morning with wind speed of the order of 70-KMPH .

Action Taken by Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
(Natural Disaster Management Division)

On 22.5.2001:

Control Room working round the clock and in constant touch with IMD and respective State Governments.

E-mail/Fax messages were sent to the Chief Secretaries of Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka informing about the cyclonic storm and requested them to take all necessary precautionary and preparatory measures.

Departments of Telecommunications, Power, Surface Transport, Port, Road Highways, Railway Board, Defence, Home Affairs, Health, Drinking Water Supply, I &B, Civil Aviation were requested to alert there field machinery and take all precautionary measures in regard to making stand by arrangements and providing support to the State administration

On 23.5.2001

The latest report of the IMD was communicated to the respective State Governments and Central Government Ministries/Departments for further necessary action.

The Cabinet Secretary held a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at 1530 hours and reviewed the preparatory measures undertaken by the respective States and Central Government Ministries/Departments.

Alert message was issued to the State Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra to keep State machinery stand by and activate in timely evacuation of people from targeted low lying areas.

On 24.5.2001

The Senior Officers of the Department and the Control Room staff were in regular touch with officers State Government of Gujarat.

The Cabinet Secretary held a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at 1530 hours and reviewed the preparatory measures undertaken by the respective States and Central Government Ministries/Departments.

On 25.5.2001

The Senior Officers of the Department and the Control Room staff were in regular touch with officers State Government of Gujarat.

The Cabinet Secretary held a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at 1430 hours and reviewed the preparatory measures and action taken by the State Government of Gujarat/Maharashtra and Central Government Ministries/Departments.

Alert message was issued to the State Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra to keep State machinery stand by and activate in timely evacuation of people from targeted low lying areas.

On 26.5.2001

The Senior Officers of the Department and the Control Room staff were in regular touch with Officers State Government of Gujarat.

The Cabinet Secretary held a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at 1130 hours and reviewed the preparatory measures and action taken by the State Government of Gujarat/Maharashtra and Central Government Ministries/Departments.

Action Taken by the State Government of Gujarat

The Chief Minister convened an emergency meeting of Secretaries and instructed them to be more vigilant and prepared to face the cyclone.

The Chief Secretary held meetings on 22/23/24.5.2001and instructed the coastal collectors to remain in their headquarters and reviewed the preparedness position.

The Chief Secretary reviewed the planning of evacuation of people of coastal areas, deployment of officials and inter Departmental coordination for rescue and relief.

State Control Room is already operating with well equipments and well manned staff. Satellite phones, hot lines, land lines, computers with internet facility etc., already established in the Control Room and put into functioning. Likewise district Control Rooms with similar facilities are also functioning.

Senior Officers functioning from the State Control Room to monitor and liaise with the districts.

State has deputed guardian Ministers and Senior IAS Officials to supervise, assist and coordinate the situation in the districts.

Coast guard authorities at Mumbai as well as in Gujarat have started preventive measures.

Salt works closed down and workers shifted to safer places.

Fishermen warned to be at safe coast sides.

Rescue related equipments, power supply, stock of essential commodities reviewed and alternate arrangement kept ready at district levels.

Wide publicity of do's and don'ts given through All India Radio, Doordrashan, Cable Operators and Newspapers.

(S.V.Patil)
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