Cyclone Vayu: 1.6 lakh people evacuated in Gujarat as storm inches close; more than 10,000 people sent back from tourist spots

As cyclone ‘Vayu’ advances towards the Gujarat coast, the state government launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

 

:Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani appeals to the people living close to the sea to move to safer arrangements made by the government before today evening

:Mumbai: A 62-year-old pedestrian died after an aluminium composite sheet collapsed due to strong wind

:Gujarat state road transport department cancelled all trips to tourist spots like Somnath, Dwarka, Diu as preventive measures due to cyclone Vayu

Weather Forecast, Cyclone Vayu : A deep depression over the Arabian Sea intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” Wednesday morning, the IMD said. As the cyclone continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat, the weather department upgrading its severity condition, forecast its landfall Thursday afternoon.

The state is on high alert and all possible arrangements have been done with the mission of “zero tolerance and zero casualty”. The Indian Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat on Wednesday night. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy have also deployed helicopters and ships at nodal points in the state for relief and rescue operations and stationed a “highly mobile radar” at state capital Gandhinagar. The IMD had also issued a warning of heavy rains and strong winds for the next two days in at various areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. Fishermen have also been warned against going for fishing due to rough sea conditions.

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