Gujarat on high alert, cyclone Vayu may hit the coast tomorrow

Cyclone ‘Vayu’ intensified into a cyclonic storm Tuesday and is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on June 13 morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The IMD issued the Orange Warning on Tuesday evening, which predicts the landfall and the likely impact of a cyclone, alerting government agencies that the cyclone is about 24 hours away from the coast. “Gale wind speed of the order of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in morning hours and decrease gradually thereafter. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra coasts and northern parts of east central Arabian Sea,” the IMD forecast said.

The IMD has issued a warning of heavy rains and high winds at a speed of over 110 km per hour on June 13 and 14 in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. “A warning has already been issued and the cyclone is being continuously monitored and a bulletin is being released every three hours. All precautionary actions have been suggested and authorities are working on it,” said Dr Sathi Devi,a senior scientist at IMD.

Around 280,000 people living in hutments near the coastline in Kutch, Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagarh, Diu, Gir, Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar, identified as the most vulnerable areas in Gujarat, will be evacuated on Wednesday, the chief secretary of Gujarat said during the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee. The home ministry has mobilised 35 teams of the National Disaster Response Force in Gujarat and four in Diu; along with teams of disaster response force, army, coast guard and border security. The warning also called for suspending fishing activity along Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published:
Jun 12, 2019 07:56 IST

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