Over 250000 people in India evacuated as Cyclone Vayu bears down

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Gujarat's chief minister, Vijay Rupani, requested on social media that tourists leave coastal areas by Wednesday afternoon.

In the wake of Cyclone Vayu, flight services to some 5 airports in Gujarat will be suspended from midnight on Wednesday.

In addition, 11 columns of Army, two companies of BSF, 14 companies of State Reserve Police and 300 commandos of state marine police were also deployed at different locations in Kutch and Saurashtra region, the officer added. Tides are also likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

By contrast more than a million people were evacuated ahead of Cyclone Fani, which hit India's eastern coast on the Bay of Bengal in May, killing 34 people in India and 15 in neighboring Bangladesh.

Schools and universities in Gujarat state and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu are closed until June 13, according to the BBC. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted to say that the centre was constantly monitoring the situation.

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"Praying for the safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu", he wrote on June 12.

The NDRF or National Disaster Response Force has mobilised 35 teams in Gujarat & 4 teams in Diu in coordination with the local administration. "The NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc". Winds could strengthen to as high as 165 km/h with stronger gusts, potentially making the cyclone the equivalent strength of a Category 2 hurricane, experts said. "As the system moves north it will meet an anticyclone south of Karachi, which will restrict the movement of the cyclone and delay its progress", said Mahesh Palawat, vice president of meteorology and climate change at Skymet Weather.

The Western Railway has chose to short-terminate 28 trains and cancel 40 trains, including Veraval-Amreli Passenger, Amreli-Junagadh, Delvada-Veraval, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Special trains with six to 10 coaches each will also be kept ready at the nearest safe location to be moved in emergency conditions, it said.

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