Indian Navy’s preparations to deal with cyclonic storm Remal

Indian Navy has initiated operations to deal with Cyclone Ramal following the existing SOPs for initiating HADR response.

Recently, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued an alert for a potential severe cyclonic storm named Cyclone Ramal, which may affect the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Preliminary actions have been initiated by the Indian Navy following the existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to launch a credible Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response.

Key points related to preparation for cyclonic storm Ramal

  • The cyclone is expected to cross the coast on the midnight of 26/27 May 2024.
  • Extensive preparatory actions are being undertaken by Headquarters Eastern Naval Command.
  • The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Remal Sagar Island, West Bengal and Khepupara, Bangladesh.
  • Indian Navy has readied two ships equipped with HADR and medical supplies for immediate deployment to ensure safety and well-being of the affected population.
  • Additionally, Indian Naval aviation assets including Sea King and Chetak helicopters as well as Dornier aircraft have been readied for rapid response.
  • Specialised diving teams with equipment have been deployed at Kolkata to provide rapid assistance.
  • Two Flood Relief Teams (FRTs) with HADR and medical supplies are being deployed at Kolkata. In addition, two FRTs each from Visakhapatnam and Chilika are on standby and ready for deployment at short notice.

About Cyclone Ramal

  • Origin: Bay of Bengal (BoB).
  • The name ‘Ramal’ in the list of tropical cyclones is given by Oman. This is the first cyclone to hit the region in the 2024 pre-monsoon season.
  • ‘Ramal’ means ‘sand’ in Arabic.
  • Ramal was classified as a “very severe cyclonic storm” by the Meteorological Department.
  • Speed: 250 km/h

Cyclone similar to the devastating storms hit West Bengal and Sundarban

  • Year 2021: Yaas
  • Year 2020: Amphan
  • Year 2019: Cyclone Fani
  • Year 2009: Aila

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