Cyclone Vayu: Odisha offers help to Gujarat, draws on success of Fani and Titli evacuation efforts

Bhubaneswar: As cyclone Vayu advances towards the Gujarat coast, Odisha government on Wednesday offered all help to the western state, which has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

 Cyclone Vayu: Odisha offers help to Gujarat, draws on success of Fani and Titli evacuation efforts

Cyclone Vayu about 540 km south-southwest of Mumbai at 0530 pm on Tuesday. IMD

Gujarat chief secretary JN Singh called up his Odisha counterpart AP Padhi and sought Odisha's advice on how to tackle the cyclonic storm on a war-footing, officials said Wednesday.
"Gujarat chief secretary had called me up and discussed the measures to be taken ahead of the landfall. We have offered all kind of help to Gujarat. However, the Gujarat chief secretary has said that they will seek further help if required keeping the situation in view," Padhi told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

The Gujarat government is in constant touch with Odisha in view of the eastern state's successful handing of similar calamities like cyclone Fani in May this year and cyclone Titli last year, officials said.

In both cases, Odisha has been successful in reducing human casualties due to proper handling of the situation. Odisha government during cyclone Fani had created a record by evacuating above 15 lakh people to safe place ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani near Puri.

Meanwhile, cyclone Vayu has turned into a "very severe cyclonic storm" and it is likely to cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning, according to the IMD.

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 15:25:52 IST