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Cyclone Mocha: 8 rescue teams deployed in West Bengal

This strategic deployment aims to enhance preparedness and ensure the safety of the local population in the face of the impending natural disaster

Update : 12 May 2023, 06:40 PM

In response to the escalating threat of Cyclone Mocha transforming into a severe storm, India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has swiftly taken action by dispatching eight teams comprising 200 skilled rescuers to Digha in West Bengal. 

This strategic deployment aims to enhance preparedness and ensure the safety of the local population in the face of the impending natural disaster.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted Cyclone Mocha of turning into a severe cyclone by May 14.

"#CycloneMocha will convert into a severe storm on May 12 & a very severe cyclone on May 14, as per the predictions," tweeted Gurminder Singh, commandant, 2nd Battalion, NDRF.

"We've deployed eight teams. 200 rescuers of NDRF deployed on the ground and 100 rescuers on standby," said Singh, while speaking to ANI, an Indian news agency.

Sanjeev Dwivedi, a senior scientist at the IMD in Bhubaneswar, has shared an update regarding the trajectory of Cyclone Mocha. 

According to his prediction, the cyclonic storm is expected to undergo a recurvature, with the intensification into a very severe cyclonic storm anticipated over the central Bay of Bengal by the evening of May 12. 

This information highlights the evolving nature of the cyclone and the need for heightened vigilance in the affected regions.

"The cyclonic storm is likely to recurve and on the 12th of May evening, it will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the central Bay of Bengal. On 13th May it will take peak intensity. The system is under continuous surveillance," said Sanjeev Dwivedi.

Earlier on Friday morning IMD said that the deep depression lying over the Southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm Mocha.

In this regard, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also issued an official statement that its units have been placed on high alert amid the warning of the IMD for cyclonic storm Mocha. The statement said that the ICG is geared up for response to the cyclonic storm as indicated by IMD and the update had been shared with the fisheries and civil administration.

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