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Cyclone Vayu: Severe storm with wind speed of up to 160 kmph to hit Gujarat coast – 10 things you need to know

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Cyclone Vayu has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is heading towards the Gujarat coast. The cyclone will hit the coast between Porbandar and Mahua around Veraval on Thursday morning with a wind speed of 140-160 kmph. Gujarat government has started deploying measures to ensure that the damage is minimised. Nearly three lakh people will be evacuated today from the western coast of Gujarat.

Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review preparations for Cyclone Vayu. He asked officials to ensure all possible steps are taken for the safety of people.

1. The Cyclone is predicted to make landfall on Thursday morning between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the severe storm would have a wind speed of 140-160kmph.

2. The government will begin evacuating around 3 Lakh people residing in the most vulnerable areas.

3. Cyclone Vayu will be accompanied by heavy rainfall and astronomical tides in the low-lying coastal areas.

4. A high alert has been sounded in Gujarat, and the state government has deployed the National Disaster Response Force personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. As a precuationary measure, schools, colleges and anganwadis will remain closed on June 13 and June 14 in several parts of Gujarat.

5. Fishermen in Gujarat have also been advised to not venture into deep sea for the next few days in view of the cyclone.

6. Some Chinese boats sought shelter from authorities near Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, a Coast Guard official today news agency PTI.

7. Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review preparations for cyclone Vayu. He asked officials to ensure all possible steps are taken for the safety of people.

8. Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Cyclone ‘Vayu’ is about to reach Gujarat coast. I appeal to all Congress functionaries of Gujarat to be ready to help in all the areas that come in the way. I pray for the safety and well-being of all the people in the areas affected by the cyclone.”

9. The Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard have been put on standby for relief and rescue operations. Aircrafts and helicopters are also conducting aerial surveillance of the areas most likely to be affected by the storm.


10. Cyclone Vayu is the second such high-intensity cyclone to hit India in the last one month. Cyclone Fani had hit the Odisha coast in May and caused widespread damage.