UPDATE: Cyclone Vayu skirted the Gujarat coast, took a turn to the west, and would not hit Pakistan too, as per latest Met predictions. IHN-NN
NEWS VAYU GUJARAT
MUMBAI/GANDHINAGAR: Several flights in the western sector have begun being affected, cancelled, or re-scheduled in view of the impending hit of cyclonic storm, Vayu, on the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning. The sky in the region is overcast, and there is rain too. Flight operations in Mumbai have been hit Wednesday.
Evacuation process has begun in Dwaraka in Gujarat and several other places. A lakh people have been removed to safer places. Over 20 train services have been cancelled till Friday morning. Flight operations across Gujarat seriously hit.
By noon on Wednesday, the cyclone Vayu lay some 290km west-southwest of Mumbai. While flight services are affected, Mumbai as such will not be hit. The category of the cyclone has been upgraded from “severe” to “very severe.” Porbandar, Dwarka, Bhuj areas are likely to be the worst-hit.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the state government is fully geared to meet the situation. The Centre is closely watching the scenario and put in place a relief mechanism in parallel with the settings made by the Gujarat government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are in touch with CM Roopani. Shah held a high-level meeting of home ministry officials to review the situation, Wednesday. PM Modi said in a tweet that the NDRF and other central agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance.
The cyclone is expected to make a landfall by 8am on Thursday. Windspeeds of 175kmph are likely. Weather office said in a bulletin: “ Vayu to move northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar Diu around west of Veraval with a wind speed of 145-155kmph gusting to 170km around the morning of June 13.” –IHN=NN
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