New Delhi: With Cyclone Fani fast approaching the coastal districts of Odisha, as well as parts of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclonic storm. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the PM, Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary and other senior officials from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

After reviewing the emerging situation, PM Modi has instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure preventive measures, and also to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations, as required.

Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has asked state Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department to take proactive measures to check hoarding of food and other essential commodities. Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in Odisha between 10 AM and 12 PM on Friday, said SRC spokesperson.

Meanwhile, people at Puri beach are being warned against venturing into the sea as Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in Puri district on Friday. (Also Read: Cyclone Fani: Full List of Do’s And Don’ts; Necessary Actions to be Taken During Cyclonic Storm)

The Coast guard has tied up with NDRF and state administration to provide immediate relief in aftermath of Cyclone Fani. “From April 25 our ships and aircraft are continuously patrolling the areas and we have been sending out weather warnings to the fishermen,” said Paramesh, IG Coast Guard East.

He went on to add, “We have positioned eight rescue teams, four each at Visakhapatnam & Chennai. We have also kept two ships each at Visakhapatnam and Chennai for immediate mobilisation post-cyclone. One Chetak helicopter, each at Chennai and Visakhapatnam is kept ready to provide relief.”

The Met Department has issued a red warning to 17 districts of Odisha for May 3 and 4 in view of Cyclone Fani. These districts are Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Balasore, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.