Cyclone Tauktae: 180 Army teams, 9 Engineer Task Forces on standby

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Army personnel with equipment ready for any rescue and relief op cyclone hit areas

New Delhi (NVI): Continuously monitoring the Cyclone Tauktae situation, the Army today said it has kept on standby 180 teams and 9 Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) spread over the areas which are likely to be affected.

The teams will move at short notice to assist the civil authorities, factoring in all possible contingencies and COVID situation, the Army spokesman said.

Sector Commanders and Divisional HQ are in touch with District Collectors and the Revenue Commissioner who is the nodal agency for Relief activities in Gujarat, he said.

“All Columns are geared up to react immediately. Likely areas of high impact – Talukas and districts have been identified,” he said.

“Focus is to save lives, speedy clearance of routes to ensure movement of oxygen and standby arrangements at COVID hospitals,” the spokesman said.

“With the impending landfall of the extremely severe cyclonic storm forecasted in coastal areas of Gujarat, Indian Army units and formations have prepared themselves with substantial teams along with elements of communication and engineer task forces to provide relief and all kind of assistance following COVID protocols,” he said.

Since the maximum impact is likely to be in Saurashtra, including UT of Diu, 10 integrated teams are poised to be employed for Aid to Civil Authority in Diu, the spokesman said.

Ten teams have been launched to Junagarh area while others are ready to move on short notice of the state administration after analysis of situation as it builds up.