Cyclone Gulab: Naval ships, aircraft on standby for rescue ops
The Navy is in constant liaison with the state administrations for rendering assistance as required and closely monitoring the movement of the cyclonic storm, it said.
Two naval ships are at sea with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief material, and medical teams will render assistance in the most affected areas.
Aircraft are kept ready at naval air stations INS Dega in Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake an aerial survey of the most-affected areas, casualty evacuation, and airdrop of relief material, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the East Coast Railway has canceled 34 pairs of trains due to Cyclone Gulab.
The ECoR has also rescheduled 13 trains and diverted at least 17 trains so far, according to its bulletins.
''Because of the forecast of heavy rain with cyclonic wind, all necessary precautions have been taken by ECoR,'' it said.
The railways are conducting extensive patrolling in areas that are likely to be affected.
Bridges are kept under watch, and appropriate steps have been taken for electrical and signaling operations.
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