Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Over 250000 people in India evacuated as Cyclone Vayu bears down

Cyclone Vayu in Mumbai Cyclone Vayu unlikely to impact Kerala, yellow alert in a few districts
Steven Clarke | 13 June, 2019, 05:38

Waves crash against the jetty at a fishing harbour ahead of the expected Cyclone Vayu at Veraval in Gujarat. According to the IMD, it moved north-northwestwards in the last six hours and is now 130 km southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 180 km south of Porbandar.

Schools and colleges in Gujarat state and Union Territory of Daman and Diu will remain closed until 13 June.

Almost 300,000 people on India's west coast are being evacuated ahead of Cyclone Vayu, which is now moving at a speed of 110 km per hour in the Arabian Sea, r eported Reuters.

On Thursday, an alert was sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned "very severe" and its impact is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall, officials said.

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Tuesday forecast intensification of tropical cyclone Vayu in the next 12 hours, expecting widespread dust/thundershowers with isolated heavy rainfall in three Sindh districts on Thursday and Friday.

After touching Gujarat coast, the cyclone is likely to move parallel to Saurashtra and Kutch, bringing rain to Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch.

"AAI and all airport directors in Gujarat have been advised to be in readiness to handle any exigency occurring out of this natural calamity and to issue appropriate NOTAM (notice to airmen) action", AAI said in a statement. 35 NDRF teams will be deployed in affected areas. "The NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc".

The Border Security Force (BSF) is being deployed in Kutch, while the state is co-ordinating with the military for swift rescue and response efforts. All possible actions is to be taken to prevent any human casualty & preparations have already been made to restore any damage that may be caused to infrastructure. Along with this, the National Disaster Response Force has mobilized about 39 teams for rescue measures. Public messages are being sent to civilians about the eventualities via SMS and Whatsapp.

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