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Odisha: Cyclone Fani: Pre-emptive measures ensured no loss of lives and property at sea, says coast guard May 06,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

While cyclonic storm Fani had the potential to cause devastation in terms of loss of lives and property in Odisha, several pre-emptive measures initiated from April 23 at the first signs of formation of depression resulted in no loss of lives and property at sea, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Sunday as rescue and relief efforts continued in affected areas.

“On April 23 with the first sign of a feeble low pressure, deciphered the likely trajectory of the cyclone Fani based on various inputs from India Meteorological Department (IMD) and other metrological predictions and initiated various steps from April 24 onwards including risk assessment of the vulnerabilities on the East coast, weather advisories to fisheries department, fisheries associations, local administrations and ports,” ICG said in a statement.

All seven ICG stations and six ICG district headquarters on the East coast were put on alert and around 14 ICG ships and four aircraft were tasked daily at sea to warn fishing and merchant marine community. The ships, aircraft and shore based remote operating stations relayed warning to fishing and merchant mariners on Very High Frequency (VHF) along the entire East Coast, ICG stated. Stating that warnings were also broadcasted in vernacular languages for the



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