Preventive evacuation underway, NDRF teams arrive as Cyclonic Storm Vayu closes in

As cyclonic storm Vayu advances towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday advised people to follow real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said cyclone Vayu has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm. It would cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning, the IMD said.

The cyclone is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph on the morning of June 13.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) started landing in Gujarat with the help of the Indian Air Force to undertake the preventive evacuation of people living on the west coast, an IAF official said.

Arabian Sea turns turbulent

Because of the cyclonic storm, the Arabian Sea has turned turbulent and bigger waves are advancing towards coastal areas, the IMD said.

At least 65 people were evacuated and shifted to shelters from Diu and Gujarat by NDRF with the help of civil police and civil administration on Wednesday in the wake of Cyclone Vayu.

Western Railways has also taken various safety and security precautions for train passengers in cyclone-prone areas of Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham.

Trains are being short terminated

All passenger and express trains to these stations are being short terminated from 6 pm on June 12 till the morning of June 14.

WR will also run one Special train each from Gandhidham, Bhavnagar Para, Porbandar, Veraval and Okha to evacuate all persons from respective areas.