In­dia to evac­u­ate 300,000 from cy­clone

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

AHMEDABAD (AFP), 11 JUNE, 2019 -Al­most 300,000 peo­ple are set to be evac­u­ated in the western In­dian state of Gu­jarat out of the path of a se­vere cy­clonic storm due in two days, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

“The weather depart­ment’s lat­est bul­letin fore­casts that cy­clone Vayu will make land­fall... early in the morn­ing on June 13,” se­nior state of­fi­cial JN Singh told re­porters.

“We have iden­ti­fied 2.91 lakh (291,000) peo­ple liv­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas of 10 coastal dis­tricts who will be evac­u­ated by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon,” Singh said af­ter an emer­gency meet­ing.

Vayu, cur­rently a cy­clonic storm in the Ara­bian Sea, is set to in­ten­sify and make land­fall in Gu­jarat on Thursday pack­ing winds gust­ing up to 135 kilo­me­tres (85 miles) per hour and heavy rains, fore­cast­ers say.

The weather sys­tem, cur­rently bar­relling north­west­wards par­al­lel to the In­dian coast, was also ex­pected to draw mois­ture away from In­dia’s much­needed an­nual mon­soon rains.

The mon­soon hit the south­west­ern state of Ker­ala last week but was sev­eral days late.

Al­most half of is fac­ing drought-like con­di­tions be­cause of de­fi­cient pre­mon­soon rain­fall, ac­cord­ing to the In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD).

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