Cyclonic storm: MeT issues ‘heavy rain’ alert in Gujarat

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the speed of "Vayu" had increased to 17 km per hour and was located in the Arabian Sea, about 350 km west-northwest of Goa, 410 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 530 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat). The fishermen have been advised not to venture into Southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, along and off Kerala and Karnataka coasts.

Cyclone "Vayu" is further likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next the 24 hours, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said in a bulletin issued at 8 am Tuesday.

The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert. We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units.

With likely cyclonic storm even intensifying into a severe cyclone, places like Jamnagar, Somnath, Porbander, Dwarka and Nailiya in Kutch would be impacted, and could even herald pre-monsoons rain across Gujarat.

According to Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar, "We have alerted all district collectors of coastal Gujarat to take immediate steps keeping in mind the likelihood of a cyclone".

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At one point, one member of the rescue crew fell into the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued after nearly being swept away. Divers entered the sightseeing boat as a floating crane slowly brought it to the surface.

Besides, we have called a meeting of all the defense forces.

A distant warning number 2 (DW-2) signal has been hoisted at the major ports of Gujarat to alert locals as well as fishermen, Sarkar said.

The depression over south-east, adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kmph on Monday. The state government has made a decision to deploy 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from June 11 morning. "The cyclone's effect will prevail over Gujarat on June 12, 13 and 14", he added. An advancement of the storm is likely to stall monsoon further in northern parts of India.

The government has postponed the State-wide school enrolment drive scheduled for June 13-14 during which all Ministers, legislators and top bureaucrats would visit schools in their areas to enrol children.

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