AAI: Normal flight operations to resume at Diu and Porbandar airports (Gujarat) from 10 am tomorrow.
Airports Authority of India: AAI reviewed the status of its airports in Gujarat in wake of #CycloneVayu. Kandla & Keshod airports to resume normal flight operations from 12 midnight today. Normal flight operations will resume at Bhavnagar airport from 6 am tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/tGLVEgQDi0— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019
Sparing Gujarat, Cyclone Vayu moves towards Oman: PTI
Sparing Gujarat after changing course, Cyclone Vayu began moving away from the state coast towards Oman, even as the danger of heavy winds and rain in coastal areas continued, officials said here.
Though the "eye of the storm" is away from land, the cyclone's outer periphery would leave its impact on the coast, officials said.
State authorities have already evacuated three lakh people from low-lying areas near the coast to safer places.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, "According to IMD bulletin, Cyclone Vayu, which was going to hit Gujarat, has moved towards Oman. But the administration will continue to be on high alert for the next 24 hours."
Schools in coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch will remain closed Friday as a precaution, the chief minister said. (PTI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviews Navy's preparation to deal with cyclone Vayu
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on reviewed the Navy's preparedness along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coast in view of cyclone Vayu, officials said.
Senior Navy officials briefed Singh at a meeting in naval headquarters here during which he was apprised about various measures being taken by the force to deal with possible scenarios, they said
He was briefed about the ability and readiness of various assets of Western Naval Command (HQWNC) which were kept ready for deployment to the affected areas in case of requirement.
"The Western Naval Command, Mumbai is closely monitoring the developing situation. Indian Navy ships Chennai, Gomati and Deepak at Mumbai have embarked with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and are ready to be deployed at short notice," the Navy said.
In addition, 5,000 litres of drinking water is also being kept on board naval ships. (PTI)
Iqbal Singh Chauhan, DIG of Coast Guard, Porbandar: We have been monitoring it since last Saturday, took pre-emptive actions and ensured that there are no fishermen or boats out in the sea. We are monitoring the current situation and are fully prepared. #CycloneVayu pic.twitter.com/SuewnEjLGO— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019
Alert continues as Cyclone Vayu begins skirting Saurashtra coast
Bringing relief for Gujarat, Cyclone Vayu Thursday began moving away from the state coast, even as the danger of heavy winds and rainfall continued, officials said. State authorities have already evacuated three lakh people from low-lying areas near the coast to safer places, an official said.
Heavy rains which lashed the coastal areas were likely to continue, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
"The cyclone is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting the Saurashtra coast (and) affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka with wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph during the next 12 hours," the IMD said in a release issued at 5 pm. (PTI)
According to The Weather Channel, the very severe cyclonic storm Vayu is moving northwestwards. It has started skirting the Saurashtra coast. Coastal areas of Gujarat have been witnessing persistent heavy rainfall and the IMD forecasts suggest that heavy rains will continue in the region at least till the evening.