Cyclone Vayu has intensified to ‘very severe’ cyclone and is heading towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The Gujarat state government has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about 300,000 people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.
Cyclone Vayu is expected to cause the most damage in the coastal areas of Gujarat such as Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar.
“Cyclone Vayu has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm. It would cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by June 13 morning,” according to IMD.
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Indian coast guard teams have been put on alert and Indian Navy has formed teams in several cities in the western regions.
The condition of the sea is likely to become very rough over east-central and adjoining northeast the Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast from the evening of June 12 onwards.
“Headquarters South Western Air Command has proactively enhanced its preparedness to meet any contingencies which may occur due to cyclonic storm Vayu. Medium lift helicopters and light utility helicopters have been positioned at nodal points in Gujarat. These are equipped to undertake disaster relief operations and highly mobile deployable radar have also been placed at a high state of readiness in Gandhinagar,” Wing Commander Puneet Chadha, Defence PRO, Gujarat said.