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Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat updates: As storm skirts Saurashtra coast, Skymet Weather predicts Pakistan to also escape cyclone's fury

Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat LIVE updates: Skymet Weather has predicted that after Gujarat, Pakistan will, too, escape the fury of Cyclone Vayu which is presently over northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea.

FP Staff June 13, 2019 21:10:48 IST
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Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat updates: As storm skirts Saurashtra coast, Skymet Weather predicts Pakistan to also escape cyclone's fury
  • An alert has been sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned 'very severe'

  • As many as 52 NDRF teams have been moved to the state, and the Indian Army is also on standby

  • Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy are also at the ready to render assistance to civil authorities

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June 13, 2019 - 19:09 (IST)

Fully prepared for the cyclone, says DIG of Coast Guard, Porbandar

June 13, 2019 - 18:37 (IST)

Skymet Weather predicts Pakistan to also escape cyclone's fury

Skymet Weather has predicted that after Gujarat, Pakistan will, too, escape the fury of Cyclone Vayu which is presently over northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea.

June 13, 2019 - 18:06 (IST)

Heavy rains in Ahmedabad

Areas like Sola Bhagwat, Ambavadi and Memnagar received heavy rainfall and strong winds. The rains will continue in the state, according to the forecast by the state meterological department earlier on Thursday. 

By Binita Parekh/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 17:18 (IST)

Gujarat BJP chief visits vulnerable areas in Gir Somnath

State BJP president Jitu Vaghani visited various areas of Gir Somnath district which are likely to be affected due to Cyclone Vayu.

By Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 17:02 (IST)

Rainfall data from 6 am to 4 pm in Gujarat

Talaja taluka in Bhavnagar received the highest amount of rainfall in the state with 41 mm, while Jafrabad and Khambha in Amreli district received the second highest rainfall in the state with 35 mm.

By Amit Cowper/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 16:35 (IST)

123 train services under Western Railway affected due to Cyclone Vayu

As per data from the Public Relations Officer, Rajkot, a total of 123 trains under the Western Railway have been affected. 86 trains have been cancelled while 37 trains were short-terminated.

By Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 16:16 (IST)

Over one inch rainfall recorded in nine Gujarat talukas

A significant amount of rainfall was received by 20 talukas as an effect of Cyclone Vayu. According to the information received from the State Emergency Operation Centre, rains of over one inch was recorded in Jafrabad, Khambhat, Talaja, Lathi, Mahuva, Rajula, Palitana, Amreli, Gadhda.

 
Moreover, rainfall of more than half an inch was registered in 11 talukas including Gariyadhar, Savarkundla, Vallabhipur, Jesar, Kalyanpur, Babra, Choryasi and Jalalpor.

Amit Cowper/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 16:13 (IST)

3,000 food packets prepared by group volunteers in Mangrol

Volunteers of Rajpa Chudasama and Mama Sarkar group prepared 3,000 food packets for distribution to the affected areas, in Mangrol taluka in Junagadh district. 

By Darshana Jamindar/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 16:03 (IST)

31 trains under Rajkot WR division cancelled, 22 short-terminated 

A total of 31 trains were cancelled while 22 were short-terminated in the wake of Cyclone Vayu, according to a release from the Rajkot division of Western Railway.

By Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters

June 13, 2019 - 15:51 (IST)

Gujarat minister takes stock of situation in Gondal

Gujarat energy minister Saurabh Patel took stock of the situation at Gondal city in Rajkot district and personally distributing food packets.

Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters

Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat LATEST updates: Skymet Weather has predicted that after Gujarat, Pakistan will, too, escape the fury of Cyclone Vayu which is presently over northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea.

Talaja taluka in Bhavnagar received the highest amount of rainfall in the state with 41 mm, while Jafrabad and Khambha in Amreli district received the second highest rainfall in the state with 35 mm.

IMD said that Cyclone Vayu is now moving northwestwards and has started skirting Saurashtra coast. It further said that heavy spells of rainfall are continuing over coastal areas and are likely to go on for the next three hours.

Mumbai witnessed Strong winds and rainfall as Cyclone Vayu moved northwestward from the Gujarat coast.

State Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are in constant touch with Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Chief Minister. He also mentioned that a few senior ministers have gone to the districts to coordinate and review the situation.

Iqbal Singh Chauhan, DIG of Coast Guard, Porbandar, addressing media persons, said it would be Saturday before the cyclone completely crosses over into the sea at Dwaraka. "The next few hours will be very important for Gujarat. To all our fishermen and coastal residents, we request you to move to safer places," Chauhan said.

Storm Surge of the height of 1.5 - 2.0 metres above the astronomical tides is likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, and Gir Somnath districts in the afternoon.

"Even though Cyclone Vayu is not hitting Gujarat there is still a danger of destruction. We are expecting winds to hit speeds of 100 to 135 kilometres per hour. The NDRF and coast guard have evacuated many areas along the coastline as a precaution," Jayant Sarkar IMD Ahmedabad told News18

Manorama Mohanty, scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad said that Cyclone Vayu won't hit Gujarat now as it has changed course overnight. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well.

Air passengers to and from the megapolis had a tough time Wednesday as nearly 400 flights were affected due to bad weather caused by the cycle Vayu which hit the neighbouring Gujarat coast, according to an airport official.

Cyclone Vayu appears to have changed course overnight. According to the IMD, it moved north-northwestwards in the last six hours and is currently 130 km southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 180 km south of Porbandar. It is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting the coast of Saurashtra with wind speeds of 135 kmph to 145 kmph from Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, an alert was sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned "very severe" and its impact is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall, officials said. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force, comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by.

Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept standby as well. A general alert has been sounded across 10 districts in Gujarat as wind speeds are likely to touch 170 kilometres per hour, a home ministry official said.

Vayu has turned into a "very severe" cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall between Porbandar and Union Territory Diu, the official said.

Normally a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall. Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelters.

Meanwhile, home secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee where preparation for relief and rescue operations were discussed threadbare.

The meeting took stock of the precautionary measures taken by the Gujarat government and Diu Union Territory administration to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimised and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.

Diving and rescue teams and relief materials have been kept on standby for rendering assistance to civil authorities, as required, another official said. Medical teams and facilities at Indian Naval hospital in Mumbai are on standby to handle medical emergencies.

Both the administrations have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas. The Gujarat and Diu administration are evacuating about three lakh people from the identified vulnerable areas and they are being shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters.

With inputs from PTI

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