New Delhi. 10 October 2018. Indian navy is all set to brace up the severe cyclone Titli formed over West Central Bay of Bengal which is poised to make landfall over the east coast between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur in the early hours of 11 October 18. The Eastern Naval Command has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Indian Naval ships are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. Additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in sufficient quantities have been kept standby for embarkation. Diving teams with inflatable Gemini boats and associated diving equipment from Visakhapatnam have been pre-positioned at INS Chilka to augment their resources for immediate deployment for relief and rescue operations.

The Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the developments closely and is in constant communication with the State Administration to augment the rescue and relief operations. Aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Station INS Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded as required.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into North Andhra and South Odissa Coast view deteriorating weather condition in the area with winds gusting over 100 kmph, very high swell conditions and widespread rainfall till Thursday.