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Cyclone 'Vayu' intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

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Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2019, 03:02

As per the latest weather report, the cyclonic storm Vayu is located around 650 km south of Veraval coast and is "very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm" in next 12 hours and hit the state coast on June 13. Additionally, India's National Disaster Response Force has pre-positioned 26 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecommunications equipment and moving another 10 teams at the request of the State Government of Gujarat. We have chose to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning. It is likely to hit Gujarat on June 12 night, said IMD.

The depression over south-east, adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kmph on Monday.

The seas are bound to be rough in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coasts during the day given the predicted wind speed of 40-60 kmph. "It is very likely to cause adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14".

It was centred over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 460 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 540 km southsouthwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 690 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat) during the early morning hours.

Fishermen who ventured into the sea have been called back, he said.

The Gujarat government has deployed 15 teams of NDRF personnel in Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.

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Pankaj Kumar also chaired a multi-department meeting to take stock of the situation and tackle any emergency arising out of the cyclonic activity. We have roped-in the Army, NDRF, Coast Guard and other agencies for rescue and relief work.

The government also advised people to keep essential items, including drinking water, medicines and charged batteries, in stock and stay away from the sea.

IMD has forecast moderate to heavy showers over the coast for the next four days till June 14.

The severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, such as Amreli, Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar and Kutch.

Chief Secretary J.N. Singh said as of now there was no need for immediate evacuation from coastal districts in a hurry but "if the cyclone somehow changes direction or intensifies in the next 24 hours, a decision would be taken accordingly".

Cities of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Surat, and Veraval will also see some rainfall activities in view of Cyclone Vayu, resulting in the abatement of heat wave from many pockets.