Gujarat's Coastline to Be Evacuated as Cyclone Vayu Is 'Likely to Intensify'

Gujarat Cyclone Warning

Cyclone 'Vayu' intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

State meteorological centre director Dr Jayanta Sarkar said the cyclonic storm is very likely to move northwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, that is near Veraval, as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of around 120 kmph.

With likely cyclonic storm even intensifying into a severe cyclone, places like Jamnagar, Somnath, Porbander, Dwarka and Nailiya in Kutch would be impacted, and could even herald pre-monsoons rain across Gujarat.

The state has been put on alert after a report by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that a depression formed over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm with adverse impact over Saurashtra and Kutch regions, mainly on June 13 and 14.

The IMD has issued a warning for Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat which would receive a widespread rainfall and heavy to very heavy showers in isolated areas on June 13.

With the warning of a heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat, the state government has made a decision to deploy NDRF personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.

On Monday the State experienced gusty winds with speeds of 35 to 40kmph.

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It was centred over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 460 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 540 km southsouthwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 690 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat) during the early morning hours. It has advised fishermen to not venture into Arabian Sea and asked those in deep-sea areas to return to the coast.

Pankaj Kumar also chaired a multi-department meeting to take stock of the situation and tackle any emergency arising out of the cyclonic activity. 35 NDRF teams will be deployed in affected areas. The storm is also expected to pack winds up to 135 kilometres per hour on Thursday.

The monsoon was anyway expected to be delayed by a week due to its late arrival in Kerala, said another official. Public Storm Warning Signals are raised to warn the public of incoming weather disturbances.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us".

Cities of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Surat, and Veraval will also see some rainfall activities in view of Cyclone Vayu, resulting in the abatement of heat wave from many pockets.

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