Amit Shah chairs meeting on Cyclone Vayu

Orange Alert In Goa As Cyclone Vayu Likely To Bring Heavy Rains In Konkan

Orange Alert In Goa As Cyclone Vayu Likely To Bring Heavy Rains In Konkan

In addition, 11 columns of Army, two companies of BSF, 14 companies of State Reserve Police and 300 commandos of state marine police were also deployed at different locations in Kutch and Saurashtra region, the officer added.

Waves crash against the jetty at a fishing harbour ahead of the expected Cyclone Vayu at Veraval in Gujarat. The NDRF teams, along with teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment and others.

Officials said as many as 47 National Disaster Response Force and others had arrived in Gujarat. Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept on standby as well.

Schools and universities in Gujarat state and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu are closed until June 13, according to the BBC.

On Tuesday evening, the IMD issued orange warning which predicts the landfall and likely impact of a cyclone. Normally, a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall. Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelters.

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The meeting was attended by Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. M. Rajeevan and senior officers from the IMD and Ministry of Home Affairs.

"We had earlier planned to shift only those living in kutchha (thatched) houses but in the wake of forecasts that the cyclone could be severe, chose to shift all the people in coastal villages", Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had a review meeting with the state administration at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters.

Medical teams and facilities at the Indian Naval hospital in Mumbai are on standby to handle medical emergencies. He also informed that almost 2.8 lakh people from the susceptible areas along the coast will be evacuated from 12 June 2019.

The severe cyclonic storm may cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat along with storm surge that can cause deluge in the low lying coastal regions of Porbandar, Dwarka, Somnath, Junagarh, Diu, Gir, Amreli & Bhavnagar. The WR has also chose to run relief special trains.

Briefing the media about preparations to deal with the cyclone, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar said police would do night patrolling in vulnerable areas to make sure no one is left behind.

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