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Cyclone Gulab: Naval ships, aircraft on standby for rescue operations

The Indian Navy said on Sunday that it was closely monitoring the movement of Cyclone Gulab and kept naval ships and aircraft on standby for rescue and relief operations.
Gulab is likely to cross between Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh around midnight, the India Meteorological Department said.
The Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and naval officers in charge of Odisha have carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of the cyclone, according to an official statement.
The Navy is in constant liaison with the state administrations for rendering assistance as required and closely monitoring the movement of the cyclonic storm, it said.
As part of the preparedness, flood relief teams and diving teams are prepositioned in Odisha and ready at Visakhapatnam to render immediate assistance, it added.
Two naval ships are at sea with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief material, and medical teams will render assistance in the