A high-level meeting in New Delhi participated by top Union ministries took stock of the probable impact of cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ and the preparedness to handle the expacted devastation due to it. The ministers involved in this meeting included Piyush Goyal, minister of railway, commerce, public distribution and food; Dharmendra Pradhan, minister of petroleum, natural gas and steel and the ports, and Mansukh Mandavia, shipping and waterways minister, among others.
It was a virtual meeting in which Piyush Goyal stressed upon ensuring a complete zero casualty situation. He added that for this, collective efforts of industry and government are needed for coordination, and rapid action. The meeting highlighted that the Indian Railways is prepared with rescue and other emergency equipment and has kept itself on standby mode to meet all the challenges at strategic and difficult locations.
Dharmendra Pradhan informed about the preparations for supply of petroleum and other commodities while Mansukh Mandaviya informed all major ports on eastern coast have been instructed to ensure safety of people, properties with maximum possible damage control. Setting-up of 24/7 cyclone shelters and control rooms are the part of the activities at his ministry. It has completely stopped all vessel movement and medical teams are on standby mode.