Cyclone Vayu highlights: Storm spares Gujarat, changes course towards Oman
Updates of 'very severe' Cyclone Vayu that is expected to run along the coast of Gujarat today. About 3.1 lakh people have been evacuated
'Very severe' Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka: Manorama Mohanty, scientist at IMD, Ahmedabad.
Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well, ANI has reported.
Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army & Air Force units have also been put on standby. Aircrafts and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.
3.1 lakh people living in the low-lying areas and the NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams for rescue and relief operations.
Cyclone Vayu has turned into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm today. It would cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by June 13 morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
The cyclone continues to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat, the IMD upgraded its severity condition.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) started landing in Gujarat with the help of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to undertake preventive evacuation of people living on the west coast, an IAF official said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the preparations yesterday and directed officials to ensure all possible steps for the safety of people.
IAF’s C-17 aircraft got airborne from Delhi to Arakkonam today. The aircraft will airlift approximately 152 NDRF personnel and eight tons of equipment from Arakkonam to Jamnagar for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission for people likely to be affected by Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat.
Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in Goa and Maharashtra's Konkan region.
When the cyclone skirts Mumbai at around 2.30 pm, it will be about 260 km away from the city. There could be south-easterly winds of about 55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph.
Kandla port in Gujarat has been temporarily closed because of the cyclone, reports suggest.
IMD has tweeted that this ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm is about 290 km west-southwest of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The Gujarat government has said that the cyclone is likely to affect Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts.
People living in low-lying areas of these 10 districts are being shifted to safer places.
The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force (BSF) have been put on high alert for the cyclone.The Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat. It has kept 24 columns on standby and is ready to carry out the rescue and relief operations, a defence spokesperson said in a release. Each column has a strength of about 70 personnel.