Cyclone Vayu intensifies into severe cyclonic storm; lightning alert issued

MeT department said that the Cyclone is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Diu by early tomorrow morning. It is likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas.

Written by Newsroom Staff June 12, 2019 12:35

New Delhi: Cyclone VAYU over East-Central Arabian sea has intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. It currently lays centred about 420 kilometres west-northwest of Goa, 320 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai and 420 kilometres south of Veraval in Gujarat.

The MeT department said that the Cyclone is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Diu by early tomorrow morning. It is likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at several places in Saurashtra, South Gujarat, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli in the next two days.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 35 teams in Gujarat and four in Diu in coordination with local administration. Rescue teams of State Disaster Response Force, Army, Coast Guard and BSF are also on stand by.

Gujarat Chief Secretary said approximately 2 lakh 80,000 people from vulnerable areas along the coast will be evacuated from today. Arrangements have been made to warn people of the cyclone through announcements in media and bulk SMS.

All schools, colleges and anganvadis centres in districts that could be hit by the Cyclone have been closed for today and tomorrow. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi yesterday to review the preparations of concerned State and Central Ministries to deal with the situation. He directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure the safe evacuation of people and maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health and drinking water.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Yesterday held a meeting to review the state’s preparedness to minimize the impact of Cyclone Vayu.

36 teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF, along with 34 teams of the Indian Army, the Coast Guard, BSF and other agencies have all been deployed in the state in view of the cyclone.

Schools and colleges will remain closed for two days from today in all the 10 districts of Saurashtra.

People from the likely affected areas will be evacuated today. The State government has also appealed the tourists to leave to safer places.

IAF C-17 aircraft lands with NDRF team

The IAF C-17 aircraft which planned to airlift about 160 personnel of NDRF from Vijayawada, has landed at Jamnagar with the team to carry out the humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) missions for the people affected by Cyclone Vayu in the state, IAF said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Air Force had tweeted that its C-17 Globemaster got airborne from New Delhi for Vijayawada.

“Headquarters South Western Air Command has proactively enhanced its preparedness to meet any contingencies which may occur due to cyclonic storm Vayu. Medium lift helicopters and light utility helicopters have been positioned at nodal points in Gujarat. These are equipped to undertake disaster relief operations and highly mobile deployable radar have also been placed at a high state of readiness in Gandhinagar,” Wing Commander Puneet Chadha, Defence PRO, Gujarat said.

He further maintained that the radar along with its own satellite communication system can be deployed at a remote location for channelising helicopter operations towards relief and evacuation as well as establishing communication with control centres.

According to the forecast of India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph on the morning of June 13.

“Mobile communication vehicles have been positioned at nodal points along with communication support groups who have been formulated at air bases in Gujarat to handle potential contingencies,” the Defence PRO added.

Cyclone Vayu is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat along with storm surge, which may cause inundation in the low lying coastal areas of Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir, Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

NDRF has mobilised 35 teams in Gujarat and four teams in Diu in coordination with the local administration. Rescue teams of SDRF, Army, Coast Guard, and BSF are also in the readiness. (ANI)