Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cyclone Vayu likely to make landfall in Gujarat coast on Thursday

Cyclone Vayu likely to make landfall in Gujarat coast on Thursday

A heavy rainfall warning has been issued in parts of Gujarat for the next few days due to a depression in the Arabian Sea, which is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm, a MeT official said on Monday.

"It is very likely to move almost northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kilometres per hour gusting to 135 kilometres per hour during early morning of June 13", the bulletin said.

According to the official statement, the cyclone is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat and Storm surge of height of about 1.0- 1.5 m above the astronomical tides 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.

It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next six hours, into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm thereafter. "The fishermen are advised not to venture into northeast Arabian sea along and off Gujarat coast on June 12, 13 and 14". The storm is also expected to pack winds up to 135 kilometres per hour on Thursday. The state government has chose to deploy 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from June 11 morning.

The storm, presently around 540 kilometres south-southwest from Mumbai can move northwards as it gradually intensifies.

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The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert.

Pankaj Kumar also chaired a multi-department meeting to take stock of the situation and tackle any emergency arising out of the cyclonic activity. "NDRF has pre-positioned 26 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment etc. and moving another 10 teams as requested by the state government of Gujarat", the statement said.

IMD has forecast moderate to heavy showers over the coast for the next four days till June 14.

Gujarat is at presently reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.

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