Gujarat put on alert for Cyclone Vayu

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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has prepared almost 40 teams with boating equipment and tree-cutters, and the Indian Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force units have been put on standby.

According to the IMD, the cyclone is likely to move almost northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, 2019.

With the warning of a heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat, the state government has made a decision to deploy NDRF personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.

The IMD has put Gujarat on alert with likely Cyclone Vayu closing in on the Arabian Sea coast bringing heavy rains and winds sweeping across parts of the state at speed ranging from 75 km per hour to a maximum of 135 km.

The cyclone will make a landfall near Veraval in Gir Somnath district on June 13 but it will be preceded by heavy rainfall in isolated places.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us". Additional Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar told AIR that administration is fully prepared to meet any situation.

The aircraft was airborne from New Delhi to Vijayawada today to fly the rescue and relief team from there.

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The government will also put the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on alert.

Besides, we have called a meeting of all the defense forces.

"It (Cyclone) is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14", a statement by the MeT department said.

The monsoon usually sets over the State around June 15.

According to the State government, around three lakh people from coastal villages will be shifted from low lying areas in Saurashtra and the Union Territory of Diu.

"We have asked the state government to issue a warning to fishermen that they should not venture into the sea and have also asked those who are in sea to come back immediately".

A storm formed over the Arabian Sea, close to the Lakshadweep islands, intensified into a deep depression on June 10.

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