New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth on Thursday chaired a meet of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and reviewed the preparedness for the ‘Hudhud' cyclone.
The cyclone is likely to hit the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 12.
Seth asked the representatives of all Union Ministries/Departments and Chief Secretaries of the concerned state governments to take effective and necessary steps for preparedness to meet any eventuality from the cyclone.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that ‘Hudhud', named after a colourful bird, is likely to pack speeds of up to 140 km per hour when it makes landfall between Vishakhapatnam and Gopalpur on October 12.
It is now crossing Andaman and Nicobar Islands close to Long Island, the IMD said, adding the system would thereafter continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in next 24 hours and subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm.
Under its impact, the region is likely to experience rain or thundershower during the next 24 hours, it said.