Cyclone Vayu: Emergency declared in Sindh's coastal districts

Cyclone Vayu: Emergency declared in Sindh's coastal districts

The Gujarat government is in constant touch with Odisha in view of the eastern State's successful handing of similar calamities like Cyclone Fani in May this year and Cyclone Titli last year, officials said.

"The deep depression is now away from the coast and travelling north-northwestwards".

As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on standby. "Praying for safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu".

As Cyclone Vayu lashed the Gujarat coast with strong winds and heavy rain today, emergency personnel reacted swiftly and decisively to ensure that two pregnant women - one in Maliya in Junagadh district, and another from the small island of Shiyal Bet - and their babies, were safe and sound.

Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Sea approached the western state of Gujarat, lashing the coast with high winds and heavy rainfall. Rescue teams of State Disaster Response Force, Army, Coast Guard and BSF are also on stand by.

Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelter centres. However, following the latest input, administration and all NDRF teams, rescue teams are still on high alert.

It also advised timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.

According to IMD Ahmedabad, at present, Vayu is 160 km south-southwest of Diu, 110 km southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 140 km south of Porbandar (Gujarat).

Meanwhile, around 2,50,000 people have been evacuated in Gujarat and officials are continously monitoring the situation.

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.

"Many people living near the coast are not willing to shift and leave their homes".

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