Cyclone ‘Vayu’ to hit Gujarat on June 13: IMD

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Cyclone ‘Vayu’ intensified into severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday and is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on the morning of June 13, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a very severe cyclonic storm in morning of 13th June,” it said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday 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.

State/UT Governments have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.

Gujarat and Diu Administration will be evacuating nearly 3 lakh people from the identified vulnerable areas on Wednesday.

The evacuated people will be shifted to around 700 cyclone/relief shelters. 39 NDRF Teams are being pre-positioned in and Diu for helping the State/UT Administration in evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. Moreover, 34 teams of Army are also put on stand-by.