Maharashtra shuts down all beaches in Konkan region due to Cyclone Vayu

Maharashtra shuts down all beaches in Konkan region due to Cyclone Vayu

The cyclone is now located around 200 km south, south-west of Veraval and "is very likely to move almost northwards and hit the Gujarat coast with wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph around afternoon of June 13", a release issued by the MeT department said. "But, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain", Secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan told PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday that the Centre is closely monitoring the situation due to Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat and other parts of the country and he is in touch with state governments.

"Gujarat has evacuated about 3 lakh people and Diu has evacuated over 10,000 people from low-lying areas to safer places".

After making landfall, the cyclone "is likely to move along and parallel to Saurashtra and Kutch coast", the Met department said.

The Indian Meteorological Department says that the thunderstorm and lightning along with the gusty winds have higher chances of occurring in the isolated districts of North Gujarat.

Columns of Army, NDRF personnel, Air Force helicopters and 300 marine commandoes were deployed for rescue and relief operations, while flight operations from five airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla were suspended. It was predicted to move almost northwards and cross the coast of Gujarat between Porbandar and Diu around Veraval at a speed of 145-155 km per hour, likely to escalate to 170 km per hour on Thursday morning.

State Relief director M R Kothari said, "The evacuation process, which was started today morning, is nearing its end". All possible actions is to be taken to prevent any human casualty & preparations have already been made to restore any damage that may be caused to infrastructure.

The federal home minister, Amit Shah, also urged officials to ensure swift restoration of utilities such as power, telecoms and drinking water if they are disrupted by the cyclone. In addition, the rescue teams of Army, Coast Guard, SDRF and BSF are also in the readiness. On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force airlifted 160 NDRF jawans from Vijaywada to Jamnagar, while the NDRF announced on Wednesday that 12 more teams will be airlifted from INS Rajali (Tamil Nadu) and Patna (Bihar) to help people in Gujarat and neighbouring Union Territory of Diu. Western Railways has cancelled over 70 trains and.

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