Cyclone Vayu

Updates:

NDRF team to stay alert and be stationed along coast line for 48 hours

  • Cyclone Vayu to recurve and may hit Kutch on June 17-18, senior officials from Ministry of Earth Science predicted
  • J N Singh, Chief Secretary, Gujarat said, “NDRF teams would continue to stay alert and be stationed along the coastline for next 48 hours”.

Cyclone Vayu to recurve and hit Kutch on June 17-18

  • Cyclone Vayu which was expected to make a landfall in Gujarat on June 13, but changed its trajectory on Wednesday is expected to make a landfall at coast of Gujarat within 48 hours said M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

01:06 (IST)

Category of Cyclone Vayu remain “very sever”, about 3.1 lakh people evacuated and moved to safe zones so far.

12:32 (IST)

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has said that as per the current status, “effect of Cyclone Vayu is milder at most of the airports of Gujarat. No damage is confirmed so far”

10:14 (IST)

Impact of Cyclone Vayu to be seen in Pakistan as well. Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast heatwave to hit port cities today.

09:45 (IST)
IMD predicted the path of “Vayu”

09:10 (IST)

In view of Cyclone Vayu, several beaches in Maharashtra including Konkan and Mahim beaches are closed for public.

08:54 (IST)

Scientist at IMD have clarified that CYclone Vayu may not hit Gujarat, it will only pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. But its effect are going to be visible in the coastal areas as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well.

08:00 (IST)

IMD said ‘Very severe’ cyclonic storm Vayu is over the Arabian Sea and is moving northwards. It was about 130 km southwest of Veraval and 180 km south of Porbandar

20:11 (IST)

In the view of approaching cyclone the AAI has decided to cancel flight operation between 12 midnight today to 12 midnight tomorrow in
Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla.

Western Railways said “Three special evacuation trains are scheduled to run in Rajkot Division, Bhavnagar division & Veraval today to evacuate passengers of coastal areas affected by Cyclone Vayu”

18:26 (IST)

With Cyclone Vayu getting closer to coast of Gujarat, authorities have already shifted 1.6 lakh people so far from low lying areas of
Saurashtra and Kutch regions

18:20 (IST)

ONGC puts western offshore installation on High alert

16:38 (IST)

Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) said
“A total of 1,64,090 people have been evacuated from 10 affected areas till 4 pm.”

16:27 (IST)

NDRF started evacuating citizens from beaches in Dwarka ahead of cyclone hit.

16:05 (IST)

National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) holds sensitization and awareness drive on Cyclone at Vill-Barachadi, Jodia, Jamnagar, Gujarat

15:34 (IST)

After assessing the Cyclone closely, it’s category has been upgraded from ‘severe’ to ‘very severe’. Home Ministry is holding a high level meeting with Gujarat state government to check the state’s preparedness.

15:25 (IST)

The State Government of Gujarat has started working on ‘war footing’. A control room has been setup at BJP office in Rajkot to monitor the situation.

14:56 (IST)

The Odisha Government has extend his helping hand to Gujarat, which has already launched a massive evacuation campaign to move people from low lying danger prone areas to safe zones

14:45 (IST)

As the storm is expected to hit cost of Gujarat on Thursday operations at the airport of Rajkot, Porbandar, Keshod and Jamnagar in Gujarat have been suspended. All schools in Rajkot have also declared holiday

14:33 (IST)

Chief Minister of Gujarat claimed that authorities have already evacuated 1.25 lakh people and shifted them to safe zones. Remaining people are going to be moved to safe zones by 4 pm.

Chief Minister also warned that transportation services — buses, trains and flihgts — will all be hit.

14:13 (IST)

Western Railways has announced they will operate a special 21 coach evacuation trains from Okha.

13:55 (IST)

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat have briefed the media on the precautionary measures taken and the state’s preparedness to deal with Cyclone Vayu.

13:49 (IST)

The National Disaster Management Authority has listed out a number of dos and don’ts for before and after the cyclone.

12:50 (IST)

As the Cyclone Vayu moving closer to coast of Gujarat, the government has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift three lakh people living in low lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

The state government said “Cyclone Vayu is likely to affect the districts of Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath.”

Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister said “nearly 2.91 lakh people from around 400 villages of these 10 districts will be provided shelter in government buildings or those owned by various trusts and NGOs.”

11:35 (IST)

The Indian Navy said “The Western Naval Command in Mumbai fully geared up to respond expeditiously to the developing situation”

10:58 (IST)

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, have reached Gujarat and are ready for the operation Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR).

10:23 (IST)

The weather forecasting agency has issued a red alert in Gujarat.

The Indian Meteorological Department-Gujarat said the Cyclone Vayu has turned into a very severe storm and will make a landfall between Diu and Veraval.

09:19 (IST)

With indication of Cyclone Vayu to hit the coast of Gujarat on Thursday morning, the state prepares itself to evacuate over 3 lakh people.

The massive cyclone ‘Vayu’ with wind speeds ranging from 110-120 kmph is likely to move nearly northwards and pass by Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region.

In a forecast by the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) for June 13, it said that gales gushing at 110-120 kmph may speed upto 130 kmph by early morning of June 13, over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast. Further, the storm will decrease gradually. It will probably be hovering at speeds of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra coasts and northern parts of the east central Arabian Sea.

Warnings of heavy rain and high winds on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch have already been issued by the IMD.

The Gujarat government declared high alert in the state and deployed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch on morning of June 11. The government has further advised fishermen against venturing into the sea for the next few days and all the ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.

As per the weather office, storm surge of height of about 1-1.5 meters above the astronomical tides are likely to inundate the low-lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

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