New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for entire Gujarat, Maharashtra coastline, and isolated places of Saurashtra and Kutch region for June 12-13. A heavy to very heavy cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall in Gujarat early Thursday.
The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory aimed at minimising damage to vital infrastructure and ensuring early recovery of all essential services after the cyclone makes landfall. It also advised timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas, keeping in tow of which as many as 3,00,000 people are in the process of being shifted to safer places.
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES ON CYCLONE VAYU:
- IMD: The VSCS VAYU over East-central Arabian Sea lay centred at 1730 IST of 12th June, 2019 about 200 km south-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat). It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as VSCS with wind speed 155-165 kmph around afternoon of 13th June 2019.
- In view of the approaching cyclone Vayu, Delhi Airport has decided to suspend flight operations at AAI airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla from 12 midnight IST today.
- Western Railway: In addition to the earlier 15 trains, 25 more mainline trains have been cancelled, while in addition to the earlier 16 trains, 12 other mainline trains will be short terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure in the Vayu cyclone prone areas.Western Railway: Three special evacuation trains are scheduled to run in Rajkot Division, Bhavnagar division & Veraval today to evacuate passengers of coastal areas affected by Vayu cyclone.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah: As Cyclone Vayu is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Diu, I pray for the safety of the people. MHA is in continuous touch with State Governments/UT and Central Agencies. NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams.
- Pankaj Kumar, Addnl Chief Secretary, Gujarat Revenue Department on Cyclone Vayu: More than 500 villages in coastal region have been evacuated, 2.15 lakh people have been shifted to shelters. From midnight police will be patrolling the vulnerable areas.
- Cyclone Vayu: Flight operations from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar are cancelled for tomorrow.
- India Meteorological Department: Cyclone Vayu is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Diu around the west of Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of 13th June 2019.
- Maharashtra Govt: In view of the cyclonic formation #Vayu in the Arabian Sea coupled with high tide on June 12 & 13, all beaches in the Kokan region — Palgahar, Thane, Mumbai (city/suburban), Raigad, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg may be shut off to the public immediately for next two days.
- As many as 1.25 lakh people living on Gujarat coast have been shifted to safer places out of the targeted 3 lakh.
- Gujarat: Flight operations from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar have been cancelled for June 13, Thursday.
- IAF C-17 aircraft is on its way to Arakkonam where it will airlift approximately 152 NDRF personnel and eight tons of load of equipment from Arakkonam to Jamnagar for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission for people likely to be affected by cyclone Vayu in Gujarat.
- The Kandla port has been temporarily closed as cyclone Vayu is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat tomorrow morning. Locals who live in areas near the port and fishermen are being evacuated to safer places by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force).
- As many as 20 villages in Gujarat’s Valsad have been put on high alert ahead of the landfall of cyclone Vayu. In addition, 39 schools in the coastal villages have been shut. Fire and rescue teams have also been put on alert.
- Indian Coast Guard has formed disaster relief teams and is on immediate notice at Daman, Dahanu Mumbai, MurudJanjira, Ratnagiri, Goa Karwar, Mangalore, Beypore, Vijhinjam and Kochi.
Gujarat: Evacuation from Navlakhi, Morbi and Kandla Port in Gandhidham.
- Deputy Director General (DDG), IMD Mumbai, KS Hosalikar said that there is a potential threat from flying objects and sea conditions are very likely to become rough to high along and off Maharashtra coast on 12 and 13 June. “Sea beaches would require special attention. Fisherman warnings issued. Gusty winds can cause tree falling incidences too,” said DDG, IMD.
- According to the IMD, the sea condition is likely to be high to very high over the east-central Arabian Sea on 11th. The sea condition is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over east-central and adjoining northeast the Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast from the 12th evening and over the north Arabian Sea on 13th June 2019.
- IMD, in a statement, said that damage can be expected in the coastal areas and suggested to take action in Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat.
- IMD has asked the coastal hutment dwellers to be moved to safer places and people in affected areas to remain indoors.