Guwahati, May 24: Eight teams of 01 BN National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Guwahati, have been airlifted to Odisha for search and rescue operations in view of impending cyclonic storm Yaas in Bay of Bangal.
HPS Kandari, Commandant, 01 NDRF, said the State governments had requisitioned more than 50 teams of the NDRF in Odisha and 35 teams in West Bengal. Teams from NDRF battalions in Assam and Bihar were airlifted to Odisha and West Bengal. This teams, consisting 200 personnel of 01 NDRF, Guwahati, including engineers, paramedics, technical experts, etc., were airlifted from LGBI Airport, Guwahati, to Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar in Odisha, by the transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force in two aircrafts.
These teams are equipped with flood rescue boats, collapse search & rescue operation specialist equipment. As per IMD reports, Yaas is likely to thunder & hit into the Bengal-Odisha coast between Sagar Island and Paradeep on May 26 evening, with the Bengal coast more likely to take the hit after it crosses north Odisha as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 155km/hr-165km/hr.
From a depression on Sunday, Yaas will transform into a cyclone on Monday and a severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday, eventually striking in land mass as a very severe cyclone.