300,000 evacuated as India braces for Cyclone Vayu

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

According to the prediction of India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm is likely to strike the coast of Gujarat as severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110 to120 kmph tomorrow morning.

The NDRF has deployed 40 teams in 15 districts of Gujarat, and four teams in Diu.

"Mobile communication vehicles have also been positioned at nodal points and communication support groups have also been formulated at the air bases in Gujarat to handle potential contingencies", the South Western Air Command headquarters of the Indian Air Force said.

India's Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the preparedness of relevant state and central ministries to deal with Cyclone Vayu and its aftermath. In addition, six teams will be airlifted from Patna and INS Rajali. Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept on standby as well. Nearly 2,80,000 people are evacuated from the region as an immediate action to prevent people from this natural calamity named the Cyclone Vayu.

The Airports Authority of India announced that flight operations will remain suspended at five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to the cyclone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted to say that the centre was constantly monitoring the situation.

"Praying for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu".

A holiday has been declared in schools, colleges and anganwadis on June 12 and June 13 in these 10 districts.

The Western Railways cancelled 70 trains and curtailed the journeys of 28 others as Cyclone Vayu inched closer to the Gujarat coastline, growing stronger along the way. "We have deployed 33 teams, each having 90 to 100 personnel, of National Disaster Response Force and nine teams of State Disaster Response Force in these 10 districts", he said. The WR has also made a decision to run relief special trains.

Two special evacuation trains have been pressed into service with one starting from Okha in Saurashtra for Rajkot at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, and another at 8.05 p.m. for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches.

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