Cyclone Vayu changes course, won’t hit Gujarat; winds and heavy rain still a threat: IMD

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Cyclone Vayu has changed its course and it will not hit the Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.

“It (Cyclone Vayu) may not make landfall. It will only skirt the coast. It has made a small deviation. However, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain,” sources said.

On Wednesday, over three lakh people were evacuated from coastal Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu. The Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have been kept on standby for relief and rescue operations.

Schools and colleges across several districts in Gujarat will remain closed today as a precautionary measure.

“Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well,” IMD said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the government is closely monitoring the situation urged people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.

The Central Government is closely monitoring the situation due to Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat and other parts of India.

“I have been constantly in touch with State Governments. NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance,” Modi said.

“Praying for safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu. The government and local agencies are providing real-time information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow,” Modi tweeted.

  • The sea condition is phenomenal over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast till 15th June 2019 and over northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea during next 12 hours.
  • The Sea condition is very likely to be very rough to high along & off north Maharashtra Coast on 13th June 2019
  • The fishermen are advised not to venture into north Arabian Sea and along and off Gujarat coast till 15th and over Eastcentral Arabian Sea and along & off Maharashtra Coast on 13th June 2019. 
  • Storm surge of height of about 1.6m near Mangrol, Junagadh district above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low-lying coastal areas in the afternoon of 13th June 2019.

 Action suggested:

  • Regulate road & rail traffic
  • Total suspension of fishing operations.
  • Evacuation from low lying areas, coastal Hutment dwellers, urban slum dwellers and people staying in unsafe house to safer places. People in affected areas to remain indoors.
  • Movement in motorboats and small ships unsafe.
  • Inundation of low-lying areas in the along the coasts due to heavy rainfall and storm surge.

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the preparations for Cyclone Vayu. Following the High-Level Review meeting Shah had issued detailed advisories to the State of Gujarat and UT of Diu requesting them to take all precautionary measures with a view to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimized and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.