India's West Coast is bracing for the landfall of Cyclone Vayu that is expected to hit parts of Gujarat in the Saurashtra and Kutch regions in the early hours of June 13. The state has taken several precautionary measures to mitigate any damage or destruction.
Gale winds of speed ranging from 135-145 km per hour gusting to 160 km per hour are very likely to prevail over east-central & adjoining the northeast Arabian Sea. Wind speeds are expected to become gales with speeds reaching 145-155 km per hour gusting to 170 km per hour by Wednesday night and 50-60 km per hour gusting to 70 km per hour along & off Maharashtra coast. Thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds are expected to strike coastal areas of Gujarat later during the day. Both maximum and minimum temperatures in Gujarat are forecasted to be appreciably above normal.
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ is about 290 km west-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra). To move northwards & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar Diu around west of Veraval with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of 13th June 2019. pic.twitter.com/eN2Cx3vSPc— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 12, 2019
Cargo movements at ports halted
All cargo shipments and related movement at all ports of Gujarat has been suspended temporarily including the Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay). Upcoming ports like Chhara, Pipavav, swan energy's floating LNG units, Reliance Sikka Jetties, Okha, Salaya, Porbandar and various other small and medium ports have been asked to suspend the operations by Ports and Transport department of the Govt of Gujarat. Vessels that had been docked have been made to sail off at safer ports. Operations at Kandla, Mundra, Hazira, Mormugao, Dahej, and tuna have also been suspended
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 rescue & relief teams along the coastal areas of Gujarat and Diu in the wake of anticipated cyclonic storm Vayu for rescue & relief operations. 36 teams have been pre-positioned at Kutch, Morbi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Valsad, Surat and Gandhi Nagar while 4 teams have been pre-positioned at Diu for a prompt response. NDRF teams are assisting the local administration in evacuating/relocating the people to safer places. On Wednesday, NDRF teams relocated over 74,000 people from coastal areas of Morbi, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Jam Nagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot & Amreli districts of Gujarat. The evacuation is still in progress. In addition, 6 NDRF teams each are being airlifted from Patna airport and INS Rajali to Gujarat. This will raise the number to 52 teams in Gujarat (47 teams) & Diu (05 Teams) for assisting the local administration in rescue & relief work. All NDRF teams are keeping close vigil over the development of cyclonic storm along with the local administration. Essential equipment & tools are kept on ready in vulnerable locations. In addition, NDRF teams are generating awareness among the locals in the vulnerable areas about the measures to be taken to deal with the cyclonic storm and other casualties that may arise due to the cyclone. Director General, NDRF is regularly coordinating with the Central Ministries/agencies and State authorities for an effective response during the anticipated cyclonic storm.
HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR VAYU
The following are the helpline numbers set up in order to help those affected by the cyclone. Grievances and complaints will be addressed via these helplines.
- 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
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani addressing the preparations:
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, has said that the Gujarat government is working together to prevent any disastrous impacts of Cyclone Vayu. He said, "we are working for people. We are with people of Gujarat. We are trying to provide every assistance to the people of Gujarat .10 districts have been identified and we are evacuating people from there. 1.5 lakh people have been evacuated and more than 3 lakh people will shift in the coming few hours.
"47 NDRF teams are here to assist us. Central govt alongside the military and coast guard are providing complete assistance to us", he added.
In view of cyclone Vayu, the following trains are cancelled on 13th June:
1) 52955 Amreli-Junagadh,
2) 52952 Junagadh-Delvada,
3) 52946 Amreli-Veraval,
4) 52929 Veraval-Amreli,
5) 52950 Delvada-Veraval.