Cyclone Vayu | Preventions taken by Government | Gujarat

12 Juin, 2019, 18:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Cyclone Vayu in Mumbai

KARACHI: Tropical Cyclone "Vayu" in the East Arabian Sea has intensified as "Very Severe Cyclonic Storm" (VSCS) and is now located at a distance of about 725 km from Karachi, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said in an update issued to media on Wednesday.

The state government of Gujarat deployed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue teams to minimise the damage, if any.

According to the official statement, the cyclone is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat and Storm surge of height of about 1.0- 1.5 m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani also took the initiative to guide tourists to leave for a safer destination after the afternoon today. Mumbai's IMD has stated that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds at 30-40 kmph are likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Greater Mumbai.

The fishermen of Sindh are advised not to venture in open sea during Wednesday evening to Friday evening, as the sea conditions are likely to be very rough/high.

The system was likely to intensify further into a severe tropical cyclone by Tuesday evening and move in the northerly direction during the next 24 hours. In addition, the rescue teams of Army, Coast Guard, SDRF and BSF are also in the readiness.

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The monsoon was already about a week late in arriving at Kerala on the southern coast this year, and much of the country has broiled in a summer heatwave in recent weeks.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated along parts of India's western coast as the region braces itself for a powerful cyclone. Carrying out Humanitarian Assistance And Disaster Relief (HADR) mission, the aircraft will airlift 160 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Vijayawada to Jamnagar.

Gujarat is also home to large refineries and sea ports near the storm's path.

A spokesman for Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd said it was preparing to move employees at two ports it runs in the state to safer areas.

"Our Mundra and Tuna ports will be closest to the path", he added. Home Minister Amit Shah asked officials to ensure any power, telecommunications and drinking water supplies affected by the cyclone are restored as soon as possible afterwards.

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