Cyclone 'Vayu' intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

Elias Hubbard
Июня 12, 2019

Cyclonic storm Vayu is continuing to intensify as it tracks over the Arabian Sea and targets Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India that has a population of over 60 million people, which is twice the number of people that live in Canada.

Gujarat has already been put on high alert in view of the incoming cyclone and precautionary measures are being put into place.

The officials concerned are in touch with the Odisha government to learn and implement the disaster management techniques adopted by them when cyclone Fani hit the eastern coastal state recently, he said.

The aircraft was airborne from New Delhi to Vijayawada today to fly the rescue and relief team from there.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us". The government is also likely to keep the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on standby, as per PTI reports. "To minimise human casualty, we will start shifting people living in coastal areas to safer locations from tomorrow", he said. "Leaves of port and transport employees have been cancelled", said Tomar. "It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over South Gujarat and Maharashtra Coasts" on June 12, while it could go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over north Arabian Sea on June 13.

It has also advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.

"A heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm", State meteorological department director Jayanta Sarkar told reporters.

Sarkar said the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, like Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamangar, Porbandar, Dwarka and also Kutch.

Though, the cyclone is unlikely to affect Mumbai heavily except that it will bring moderate spells of rainfall over the next two days.

D Sivananda Pai, head of the IMD's long-range forecasting said, "Progress of the monsoon seems unlikely till 15-16 June because the cyclone will drag moisture away".

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