Gu­jarat pulls out all stops to fight Cy­clone Vayu

Storm likely to make land­fall in the early hours of Thurs­day in Saurash­tra

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Gu­jarat is brac­ing for a cy­clonic storm-- named Vayu-- that is likely to make a land­fall in Saurash­tra in early hours of Thurs­day.

“As per the IMD pre­dic­tions, the land­fall of the cy­clone is likely on Thurs­day morn­ing be­tween Ver­aval and Diu in the Saurash­tra re­gion. The de­ploy­ment of the NDRF res­cue teams has al­ready be­gun and we have asked for ad­di­tional 10 NDRF teams from the Cen­tre. A to­tal of 35 NDRF teams will be made avail­able by Wed­nes­day at dis­tricts likely to be af­fected,” said Pankaj Ku­mar, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Rev­enue De­part­ment, Gu­jarat, on Tues­day.

High alert

The State has been put on alert after the pre­dic­tion of heavy rain­fall and cy­clonic storm. The NDRF teams equipped with boats, tree-cut­ters and tele­com equip­ment have taken po­si­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, two com­pa­nies from the BSF will be de­ployed in Kutch, while 11 teams from State Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (SDRF) will also be put into action. Also, fire de­part­ments in Su­rat, Ahmed­abad and Ra­jkot have been put on a stand-by mode to reach out to any emer­gen­cies. The State ad­min­is­tra­tion is also co­or­di­nat­ing with mil­i­tary for swift res­cue and re­sponse re­quire­ments.

The State gov­ern­ment has de­clared a two-day shut­down of all aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions across six dis­tricts in Saurash­tra and Kutch.

Cy­clone Vayu is likely to cause heavy rain­fall in the coastal dis­tricts of Gu­jarat and storm surges of about 1-1.5 me­tres above the as­tro­nom­i­cal tides and is likely to in­un­date low-ly­ing coastal ar­eas of Kutch,

Gear­ing up

NDRF teams equipped with boats, tree-cut­ters and tele­com equip­ment have taken up po­si­tions in vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas

Devb­hoomi Dwarka, Por­ban­dar, Ju­na­garh, Diu, Gir Som­nath, Am­reli and Bhav­na­gar dis­tricts at the time of land­fall. As per the lat­est up­date from the IMD, cy­clone Vayu is likely to move North­wards and cross Gu­jarat coast be­tween Por­ban­dar and Mahuva around Ver­aval and Diu re­gion with wind speed of 110-120 kmph, gust­ing to 135 kmph. As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, the Ro-Ro

ferry ser­vice, op­er­ated be­tween Ghogha in Saurash­tra and Da­hej in South Gu­jarat, has been sus­pended tem­po­rar­ily from 8.00 pm on Tues­day till 8.00 pm on Thurs­day. The op­er­a­tor, Indigo Se­aways Pvt Ltd, is­sued a state­ment say­ing “Ro-RO ferry ser­vice is likely to re­sume op­er­a­tions from Da­hej on June 13, after re­view­ing cy­clone’s ac­tual po­si­tion”. Su­naina To­mar, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Ports and Trans­port, Gu­jarat, said a dis­as­ter man­age­ment plan has been ac­ti­vated at all the ports in the State and cargo op­er­a­tions have been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended . The ad­min­is­tra­tion has ad­vised fish­er­men against ven­tur­ing into the sea for the next few days.

The cy­clonic storm is likely to de­lay the mon­soon on­set in the State.

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