Gujarat government has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. (Photo: PTI)
Helpline numbers have been activated as Cyclone Vayu intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and is likely to make landfall along the Gujarat coast on Thursday.
According to a release issued by Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Vayu would hit the coast near Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm "with a wind speed of 145 to 155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of June 13".
The administrations of the 10 districts, likely to be affected by the storm in Gujarat have released emergency helpline numbers. Grievances and complaints will be addressed via these helpline numbers.
Dwarka control room no: 02833 - 232125
Jamnagar control room no: 0288 - 2553404
Porbandar control room no: 0286 - 2220800
Dahod control room no: 02673 - 239277
Navsari control room no: +91 2637 259 401
Panchmahal control room no: +91 2672 242 536
Chhota udaipur control room no: +91 2669 233 021
Kutch control room no: 02832 - 250080
Rajkot control room no: 0281 - 2471573
Aravalli control room no: +91 2774 250 221
Apart from the district administrations, the National Disaster Response Force has activated helpline no for Cyclone Vayu: +91-9711077372.
Here are the other helpline numbers you might need in case you are affected:
Meanwhile, Gujarat government has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions, officials said Wednesday.
The state government said the cyclone is likely to affect Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts. People living in low-lying areas of these 10 districts are being shifted to safer places.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said late Tuesday night that the district authorities have begun shifting people living in low-lying areas or near the coast to safer places. "We will shift nearly 2.91 lakh people living in around 400 villages of these 10 districts."
They will be provided shelter in government buildings or those owned by various trusts and NGOs, he said.
Around 36 companies of the NDRF are already assisting the local administration in the process. A distant warning number 2 (DW-2) signal has been hoisted at the major ports of Gujarat to alert locals as well as fishermen.
As a precautionary measure, holiday has been declared in schools, colleges and 'anganwadis' (government-run women and child care centres) on June 12 and June 13 in these 10 districts, he said.
The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force have been put on high alert.
The Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat. It has kept 24 columns on standby and is ready to carry out the rescue and relief operations, a defence spokesperson said in a release.
Each column has a strength of about 70 personnel.