Cyclone Mora: Indian Navy keeping close track, deploying relief ships

New Delhi [India], May 31(ANI): Navy PRO D. K. Sharma on Wednesday said the Indian Navy is closely tracking the developments and has kept ships standby with all the relief materials to counter Cyclone Mora aftermath.
"As of now our ship are there in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. We knew that cyclone Mora which was becoming a threat so Indian Navy was ready in all respect. Because over the years we have seen it that cyclone either hit on the eastern coast or turn towards north east and then head towards Bangladesh and Myanmar. We were tracking this very closely and kept our ships standby," Sharma told ANI.
Asserting that at least 33 people onboard have been recovered so far, Sharma further said that the Indian Navy have sailed INS Gharial from Vishakhapatnam which would reach tomorrow.
"Meanwhile, to scan the area nicely we have also put PATI in the air which was launched in the morning. Sumitra will be entering in Bangladesh after initial rescue procedure," he added.
Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba earlier in the day said that the second ship has sailed with relief materials for Bangladesh and the Indian Navy is running two Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations as well.
"We are running two HADR operations, south of Sri Lanka and in morning we received request from Bangladesh. Second ship has sailed with relief material for Bangladesh. We have the capacity to carry out HADR operations and our capacity is going to increase with time," Lanba said.
He also assured that each ship of Indian Navy is capable of running HADR operations.
"Each ship is capable of running HADR operations. We will cover wider Indian Ocean also, but there is a timeline to arrive at the place," he said.
INS Sumitra is involved in a major Search and Rescue (SAR) operation 90 miles south of Bangladesh's Chittagong.
The people trapped, had been washed away from shore and coastal dwelling units due to Cyclone Mora.
Massive evacuation is underway in Bangladesh as severe cyclonic storm 'Mora' hit Chittagong yesterday.
The severe cyclonic storm MORA over northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal moved further north northeastward with a speed of 28 kmph, and lay centred at 02:30 hours IST yesterday.
Heavy rainfall is being reported in Chittagong. Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury has said about 30,000 people have taken up refuge at the hundreds of storm shelters near the coast
The Met office has advised to hoist great Danger Signal No 10 at coastal areas including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Khulna, Satkhira and the two coastal ports in Mongla and Payra.
Mora was centred at around 385km south of Chittagong port and 305 km south of Cox's Bazar port around 7 p.m. on Monday, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department. (ANI)

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