Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Gujarat's Coastline to Be Evacuated as Cyclone Vayu Is 'Likely to Intensify'

Gujarat's Coastline to Be Evacuated as Cyclone Vayu Is 'Likely to Intensify'

Vayu will become a Severe Cyclonic Storm by tonight and further intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm further giving heavy to very heavy rains over many parts of Saurashtra in Gujarat.

Cyclone Vayu is expected to hit the coast of Gujarat a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speeds reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph in the early morning of June 13 2019. The western parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat are likely to witness "heavy to very heavy rains" between June 12 and June 14.

IMD said that Vayu was positioned 630 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai at 11.30 pm on Monday night and was moving in a northwards direction. Yet, it warned fishermen from venturing into the sea till June 13. To be disaster ready, aircraft AC-17 will carry about 160 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Vijaywada to Gujarat to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) missions, news agency ANI reported. "Those out in deep seas are advised return to the coast", said Sarkar. In a high-level meeting after the IMD warning, the state government deployed 15 teams of NDRF. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation. He urged all the departments concerned to work in close co-ordination and directed the rescue, relief and other departments to conduct a mock drill in Suarashtra and Kutch, if required.

"It is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14", the release said. The wind speed is likely to be 50-60 kmph to 70 kmph over south Gujarat coast on June 12.

"Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places in the districts of Saurashtra - Gir Somnath, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Jamnagar, Dwarka and in Diu".

Chief Secretary J.N. Singh said as of now there was no need for immediate evacuation from coastal districts in a hurry but "if the cyclone somehow changes direction or intensifies in the next 24 hours, a decision would be taken accordingly".

Gujarat is at present reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperature in major cities, including Ahmedabad, has been over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.

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