Cyclone Vayu turns 'very severe', will remain strong even after landfall

"Cyclone Vayu is nearing the Gujarat coast".

With that storm in mind, India's military and government were deploying personnel from the National Disaster Response Force to the region on Tuesday. MHA is in continuous touch with the State Govts/UT and Central Agencies.

Tropical cyclone Vayu in the East Arabian Sea has moved further northward during last eight hours and slightly intensified now laying centred around Lat.16.5N and Long.70.8E at a distance of about 1000 km south of Karachi. Mumbai's IMD has stated that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds at 30-40 kmph are likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Greater Mumbai.

The Gujarat Government, as per Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's instructions, has announced a two-day shutdown of all schools, colleges and anganwadis across six coastal districts in Saurashtra. According to the IMD, the "Very Severe Cyclonic Storm" is likely to make landfall between Porbandar and Diu along the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning.

The IMD has issued a warning of heavy rains and high winds at a speed of over 110 kilometres per hour on June 13 and 14 in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.

The fishermen of Sindh are advised not to venture in open sea during Wednesday evening to Friday evening, as the sea conditions are likely to be very rough/high.

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Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army, and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.

Gujarat is also home to large refineries and sea ports near the storm's path.

India's biggest oil refinery, owned by Reliance Industries, is in Gujarat, though a company official said the cyclone was expected to weaken by the time it reached the Jamnagar-based refinery. He also recommended help from the state transport services which will provide tourists to move to safer places before the cyclone is expected.

"Our Mundra and Tuna ports will be closest to the path", he added.

In May, Cyclone Fani, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, killed at least 34 people on India's eastern coast, destroying houses and ripping off roofs. Home Minister Amit Shah asked officials to ensure any power, telecommunications and drinking water supplies affected by the cyclone are restored as soon as possible afterwards.

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