The 'very severe cyclonic storm' Vayu is approaching India's western coast with easch passin moment. Cyclone Vayu currently lays centred 470 km from Goa, 240 km from Veraval in Gujarat. India Meterological Department has said that Cyclone Vayu is likely to make landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Gujarat on June 13.
The IMD said that Cyclone Vayu will cause winds gusting upto 170 kmph.
The department has said that sea condition is likely to become very high to phenomenal on June 12 and 13. The warning has been issued for Maharashtra coast as well.
The authorities in Gujarat are bracing for the impact.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued detailed advisories to Gujarat and Union Territory Diu requesting them to take all precautionary measures with a view to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimised and there is early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.
Gujarat and Diu authorities have planned to evacuate about three lakh people from identified vulnerable areas starting Wednesday morning. The evacuated people will be shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters.
The Home Secretary has called a meeting on Wednesday to assess preparedness. Officials from National Disaster Response Force, DDMA, IMD will also be present for the meeting.
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appealed Congress workers in Gujarat to help the public as Cyclone Vayu strikes the coast.
चक्रवात 'वायु' गुजरात तट के करीब पहुँचने वाला है। मै गुजरात के सभी कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ताओं से अपील करता हूं कि वे इसके रास्ते में आने वाले सभी क्षेत्रों में मदद के लिए तैयार रहे। मै चक्रवात से प्रभावित होने वाले क्षेत्रों के सभी लोगों की सुरक्षा और कल्याण के लिए प्रार्थना करता हूं। pic.twitter.com/ablBFPT6UF— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 12, 2019
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9:10 pm -
Here's footage of how the passing #CycloneVayu brought down a few panels on Churchgate station building leading to the death of a senior citizen and a few other pedestrians @mid_day pic.twitter.com/FKq9MFTzik— Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) June 12, 2019
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Watch @indiatvnews— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) June 12, 2019
Ground report from #Arabian sea to #Gulf of #Kutch on #CycloneVayu.@IndiaCoastGuard taking all safety measure to protect every assets, Including Tug boat to FisherBoats, refineries Boat to Coastal resident with the help #StateAdministration. pic.twitter.com/4qvmKkfLrO
8:26 pm - A mild tremor was felt Wednesday in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, but no loss to life and property was reported.
8:03 pm - Due to Cyclone Vayu, no flight ops at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla from 12 am Thursday to 12 am Friday
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#CycloneVayu is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph around the afternoon of 13th June 2019.— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) June 12, 2019
IMD: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm #VAYU about 280 km is nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat) & 360 km nearly south of Porbandar (Gujarat). It'll cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 155-165 kmph around afternoon of 13th June. pic.twitter.com/E5eD6wM1Ij— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
4:44 pm - Flight delays of over 20 minutes reported at Mumbai airport due to bad weather.
Watch @indiatvnews -— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) June 12, 2019
Ground report from #Vadinar, #Porbandar.
Main Epicentre of #CycloneVayu
Administration evacuated coast line residents, @NDRFHQ @IndiaCoastGuard @adgpi @indiannavy is on alert mode. pic.twitter.com/JO59v4Pkuq
3:36 pm - Parts of Gujarat experience heavy rainfall
2:53 pm - Home Secretary takes stock of the situation
A meeting chaired by Home Secretary is currently underway in Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi. Senior officials of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), IMD and other government agencies are present.
2:34 pm - Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani goes in a huddle with senior state officials
With less than 24 hours to go before Cyclone Vayu is expected to make landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is holding a meeting with senior state officials.
2:20 pm - Western Railway runs special trains to evacuate people from Gujarat
Western Railway is running two special trains to help evacuation of people in Gujarat. Okha-Rajkot train will leave from Okha station at 5:45 pm (1745 hours) today. Okha- Ahmedabad train will leave from Okha station at 8:05 pm (2005 hours) this evening.
2:15 pm - Authorities are bracing for impact. 52 teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to assist people living in coastal areas and further inland. Evacuation of people has begun. Director General of NDRF S N Pradhan said earlier that people will be evacuated to a safe place by this evening.
2:10 pm - India Meteorological Department, in its latest update, has predicted 'heavy to very heavy rainfall' in Konkan, Goa, Saurashtra, and Kutch on June 12 and 12. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea. The department has predicted a 'storm surge' of upto 2 metres above normal tides.
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