Cyclonic storm Vaayu will be making landfall in Gujarat on Wednesday 12th June expected 8 pm or Thursday 13th June with a wind speed around 150 km/h. Gujarat and Diu have planned to evacuate around 3 lakh people where NDRF teams are already deployed.
A severe cyclonic storm Vayu inches closer towards the Gujarat coast. For early preparation authorities have deployed NDRF personnel, rescue officials and teams of the Indian Army are on standby.
Cyclone Vayu moving further northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region and getting intense into a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 140-150 km/h to 165 km/h.
Gujarat and Diu authorities have already planned and are ready to Brace for the impact of the high speed wind and to evacuate about three lakh people from identified vulnerable areas. The evacuation will start on Wednesday morning. People will be shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters. Schools in Porbandar,Rajkot and Veraval Already have declared holidays.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 39 NDRF teams, comprising about 45 rescuers each, in Gujarat and Diu and they are equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipment. As many as 34 teams of Army are also on standby.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed a C-17 transporter aircraft to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations.
Home Minister Amit Shah has reviewed the preparedness in the region while his ministry has issued detailed advisories to Gujarat and Union Territory Diu, asking authorities to take all precautionary measures so as to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimized and there is early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.
Government has sent phone messages to make as many people aware of the situation as they can.