Cyclone Vayu more severe, 2.15 lakh shifted


In the view of Cyclone Vayu, which is likely to hit Gujarat with a wind speed of 110 to 120 kmph gusting to 135 km / hour on 13 June (tomorrow), Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani has requested all the tourists visiting the state to leave for a safer place by today evening.

The state government of Gujarat deployed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue teams to minimise the damage, if any.

Some rail services are being suspended ahead of the storm's arrival, and residents in Cyclone Vayu's projected path are being warned to stay clear of the coastline.

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

Total 10 districts and 408 villages of the Saurashtra region of the state are likely to be impacted.

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"Praying for the safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu", he wrote on June 12.

"We had earlier planned to shift only those living in kutchha (thatched) houses but in the wake of forecasts that the cyclone could be severe, made a decision to shift all the people in coastal villages", Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had a review meeting with the state administration at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters. "As the system moves north it will meet an anticyclone south of Karachi, which will restrict the movement of the cyclone and delay its progress", said Mahesh Palawat, vice president of meteorology and climate change at Skymet Weather.

The state government said it had begun moving about 300,000 people from the most vulnerable areas into shelters. "This will raise the number to 52 [NDRF] teams in Gujarat [47 teams] and Diu [5 teams] for assisting the local administration in rescue and relief work", it said.

The Gujarat coast is also home to two major ports, Deendayal and Adani in the Gulf of Kutch, as well as the Jamnagar oil refinery.

Three evacuation special trains were being pressed into service - one from Okha in Saurashtra to Rajkot and two trains with 21 coaches for Ahmedabad after 8.05 p.m., Western Railway PRO Pradeep Sharma told IANS. "We want to locate them and move them to a safer area", a forest official said.