Cyclone Vayu: Severe storm expected in Gujarat, govt deploys NDRF

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The Gujarat Government has announced a two-day shutdown of all schools, colleges and anganwadis across six coastal districts in Saurashtra. We have chose to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning. "Nine SDRF teams, 14 companies of State Reserve Police and 300 marine commandos have also been deployed".

A highly mobile deployable radar has been placed at a high state of readiness at Gandhinagar to channelise helicopter operations towards relief and evacuation and establish communication with control centres, the IAF said. The State government has also appealed the tourists to leave to safer places. In addition, the rescue teams of Army, Coast Guard, SDRF and BSF are also in the readiness. "Aircrafts and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance", he said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that cyclone "Vayu" is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, another official said.

"We have alerted all district collectors of coastal Gujarat to take immediate steps keeping in mind the likelihood of a cyclone", Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar told reporters. It now lay centered around Lat.18.N and Long.70.0E at 0800PST of 12 June 2019 at a distance of about 725 km southeast of Karachi and is likely to continue to move in northerly direction, the PMD stated. "The government and local agencies are providing real-time information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet on Wednesday. Considering the alertness for Cyclone Vayu over Gujarat, the Western Railway has chose to fully cancel operation of 70 mainline trains, while 28 other mainline trains will be short-terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure. The third special train ran from Veraval to Ahmedabad with 11 coaches at 8 pm Wednesday.

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As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on standby. A decision on suspending operations at AAI's Surat Airport will be taken after analysing the weather, a statement from the AAI said.

The IMD has issued an "orange" alert for Cyclone Vayu, indicating that it does not expect the storm to cause much damage on land.

Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in districts of South Gujarat region, in Navsari, Valsad, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli on 12 June, according to IMD.

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