Over 250000 people in India evacuated as Cyclone Vayu bears down

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

The seabreeze is likely to remain cutoff on Thursday-Friday (13-14 June) which can lead to heatwave like conditions in coastal areas of Sindh including Karachi.

Weather officials said Cyclone Vayu, with wind speeds equivalent to those of a Category 1 hurricane, is set to cross the coast with sustained wind speeds of 145 kph to 155 kph (90 miles per hour to 96 mph), and could gust as high as 170 kph (106 mph).

The Gujarat Government has announced a two-day shutdown of all schools, colleges and anganwadis across six coastal districts in Saurashtra.

Two months ago, Cyclone Fani slammed northeastern India and Bangladesh as a Category 3 storm, killing several dozen people, AccuWeather reported.

Indian authorities are bracing for a severe cyclone gathering strength in the Arabian Sea that was expected to make landfall in the western state of Gujarat as India's second major storm of the season.

Heavy rainfall is expected in the different regions of Saurashtra, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Diu, Gir Somnath, and other regions in the southern regions of Gujarat, Valsad, Daman, Navsari, Dadra Nagar Haveli today.

The IMD has been issuing regular bulletins to the concerned authorities, said a Home Ministry statement.

The NDRF has deployed 40 teams in 15 districts of Gujarat, and four teams in Diu. "The NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc".

"We are taking all possible precautions". In addition, the rescue teams of Army, Coast Guard, SDRF and BSF are also in the readiness.

The meeting took stock of the precautionary measures taken by the Gujarat government and Diu Union Territory administration to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimised and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall. Public messages are being sent to civilians about the eventualities via SMS and Whatsapp.

"We had earlier planned to shift only those living in kutchha (thatched) houses but in the wake of forecasts that the cyclone could be severe, chose to shift all the people in coastal villages", Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had a review meeting with the state administration at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters.

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