60 Bodies Recovered from Sunk Barge P305, Search On for Missing Crew Members

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Meanwhile, Mumbai Police lodged an FIR under Section 304 (2) in connection with deaths on Barge P-305 that sunk in the Arabian Sea due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae.

Reports stated quoting the weather department that sea conditions will be rough to very rough over the Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on May 23. The Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in New Delhi issued warnings for Andaman and Nicobar as well as Odisha and West Bengal. According to The Weather Channel, once the system concentrates into a cyclone, it will be named ‘Yaas’, as per the naming guidelines set by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The name is as per the suggestion from Oman and means despair or desperation in Arabic.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena held a high-level meeting with the secretaries of all departments of the state government and the officials of the IMD to access the preparedness, a report in India Today stated.

The Odisha government on Thursday also directed the concerned departments to take precautionary measures against cyclonic storm Yaas.

While the IMD on Wednesday predicted the formation of a possible cyclonic storm over the northern Bay of Bengal by May 25, the exact location of landfall on May 26 is yet to be ascertained, said Pradeep Kumar Jena.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Tauktae claimed a total of 19 lives in Maharashtra while 37 persons were injured in cyclone-related incidents, the state disaster management authority said on Thursday evening. Deaths were reported from seven districts, it said in a report.

In Gujarat, as many as 79 people have lost their lives in incidents related to cyclone Tauktae. The authorities carried out restoration work in affected areas and launched damage assessment exercise. Amreli in the Saurashtra region was the worst affected district with 45 deaths so far, said an official of the Amreli District Emergency Operations Centre (DEOC).

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