Weather Forecast, Cyclone Vayu HIGHLIGHTS: A deep depression over the Arabian Sea intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” Wednesday morning, the IMD said. As the cyclone continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat, the weather department upgrading its severity condition, forecast its landfall Thursday afternoon.
The state is on high alert and all possible arrangements have been done with the mission of “zero tolerance and zero casualty”. The Indian Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat on Wednesday night. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy have also deployed helicopters and ships at nodal points in the state for relief and rescue operations and stationed a “highly mobile radar” at state capital Gandhinagar. The IMD had also issued a warning of heavy rains and strong winds for the next two days in at various areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. Fishermen have also been warned against going for fishing due to rough sea conditions.
Cyclone Vayu is likely to make landfall tomorrow, police persuade family to move from kuccha house
Police persuade a family to move from their kuccha house to a cyclone shelter as Cyclone Vayu induced rainfall and high velocity winds in Bavaliya Vistar of Chanch village on Wednesday.
Police persuade a family to move from their kuccha house to a cyclone shelter as #CycloneVayu induced rainfall and high velocity winds in Bavaliya Vistar of Chanch village on Wednesday.— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) June 12, 2019
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Gujarat: More than 2.15 lakh people have been evacuated from coastal areas today
More than 2,15,000 people were evacuated today from low-lying areas of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu inches closer to the state's coastline, according to news agency PTI. The latest weather report said that Cyclone Vayu has turned into a "very severe cyclonic storm" and an alert has been sounded in 10 districts of the state.
Cyclone Vayu: Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea for the next 3 days
Fishermen are advised not to venture into Eastcentral Arabian Sea and along & off Maharashtra Coast on 12th & 13th; north Arabian sea and along & off Gujarat coast during 12th to 15 th June, 2019.
Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm: IMD
Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm, IMD reported.
#CycloneVayu is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph around the afternoon of 13th June 2019.— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) June 12, 2019
Until 7:50 pm, 27 flights to Delhi airport have been diverted
27 flights destined for Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport have been diverted till 1950 hours today. The Airports Authority of India on Wednesday announced that flight operations will remain suspended at five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday in order to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to Cyclone Vayu.
Western Railway is running 3 special evacuation trains in Rajkot Division
Flight operations at Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla have been susepended from tonight
AAI: In order to minimize damage to the airport infrastructure & avoid inconvenience to passengers, we've decided to suspend flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod & Kandla from today midnight till tomorrow midnight. #CycloneVayu pic.twitter.com/ov7cZEyifg— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
Dust storm hits Delhi NCR, heavy showers likely later tonight
A severe dust storm swept across Delhi NCR on Wednesday, with heavy showers expected in parts of the capital later in the evening.
“Clouding in #Delhi and NCR, intense #DelhiRains ahead. Expect some parts to see heavy showers as well. Stay safe folks!” Skymet Weather said in a tweet. Read full story here
'I pray for the safety of the people. MHA in continuous touch with State govts/UTs': Home Minister Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah: As #CycloneVayu is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Diu, I pray for the safety of the people. MHA is in continuous touch with State Governments/UT and Central Agencies. NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/6XYcvhBRnh— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
Army, IAF teams on standby as 'Vayu' moves closer to Gujarat coast
As the "very severe" cyclonic storm 'Vayu' is inching closer to Gujarat coast and expected to make a landfall Thursday, the Army, the Air Force, and the NDRF teams are deployed and put on standby for rescue and relief operations along the coastal districts. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also deployed ships and aircraft to enable search and rescue post the landfall of the cyclonic storm. (PTI)
In a respite to the sweltering heat in the city, Noida witnesses strong winds
NDRF team alerts citizens near Jafrabad Port; port operations have come to a halt
Operations at all ports and airports located near the Gujarat coastline have been halted temporarily as a precautionary measure against cyclone 'Vayu', the state government said on Wednesday.
Gujarat: Cyclone Vayu changes path, likely to make a landfall between Dwarka and Veraval
IN THE latest development, with the increased severity of the cyclonic storm Vayu that has now turned into a very severe cyclonic storm, a change in its path has been recorded along with a delayed expected landfall in Gujarat's coastal region. From the earlier expected landfall early morning of June 13 at Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar) around Veraval (Gir Somnath district) and Diu region, it is now predicted to make a landfall between Dwarka and Veraval.
Four deaths reported in Gujarat, ahead of Cyclone Vayu landfall in state
As Cyclone Vayu is likely to hit Gujarat coast early Thursday morning, the South Gujarat region started witnessing high-speed winds, lightning and rain Tuesday onward, in which at least four persons were killed in accidents caused by rainfall. Four deaths were reported from Tapi and Dangs district as rooftops of many kutcha houses in these districts also flew away.
West Railways cancels services of 15 trains, shortly terminates services for 16 other trains
Considering the alertness for VAYU cyclone over Gujarat, W Rly cancels operation of 15 mainline trains, while 16 other mainline trains will be short terminated as a precautionary measure in the cyclone prone areas over W. Rly. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/C2tGwjs51B— Aditi Raja (@aditijf) June 12, 2019
Extreme measures undertaken to ensure people's safety: Gujarat revenue dept official
Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat Revenue Department: 36 NDRF team deployed, 11 teams more ready. 9 SDRF teams, 14 companies of SRP and 300 marine commandos are also deployed. 9 helicopters placed at strategic points— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
10,000 tourists have also been shifted https://t.co/3S6ptQCRkN
Mumbai: One dead, two injured as panel falls off Churchgate station building due to cyclonic winds
Around 12:30 pm today, due to heavy cyclonic winds and rains, an aluminium panel at the new Churchgate station building fell off which injured three people. Two persons sustained minor injuries whereas, 63-year-old Madhukar Narvekar who was rushed to the hospital, succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead on arrival. An enquiry has been set up to investigate the cause of the accident.
Cyclone Vayu to cross Gujarat coast tomorrow afternoon: IMD
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ about 280 km is nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat) & 360 km nearly south of Porbandar (Gujarat). It will cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 155-165 kmph around afternoon of 13th June. pic.twitter.com/Vx6WVfNad0— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 12, 2019
Cyclone Vayu: ONGC puts western offshore installations on high alert
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has put its installations in the western offshore on high alert and restricted helicopter sorties as a cyclone gathers intensity over the Arabian Sea. ONGC produces the bulk of India's oil and gas from fields off the west coast, with several of its installations on these housing its operational personnel. Sources said the company has not evacuated any of its personnel from the living quarters on the western offshore fields like Mumbai High and Bassein but has stopped helicopter sorties to wellheads. (PTI)
Cyclone Vayu: Western Railways cancels trains to Gujarat, delay in landing and takeoff at Mumbai airport
As Cyclone Vayu inches closer to the Gujarat coast, Western Railways cancelled its services to Gujarat. Flights taking off and landing at Mumbai airport were also reportedly delayed by 20 minutes due to strong winds.
Fishermen refuse to leave their houses and boats behind to move to safer places
The fishermen colony in Veralval has refused to use the government provided shelter house in the wake of upcoming severe cyclonic storm #VayuCyclone . They say that fishing gives them their daily bread and they are not going to leave behind their boats and houses. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/85uhoC1hCE— Vaibhav (@Vaibhav_Rptr) June 12, 2019
India heatwave deaths rise to 36, poorest workers worst hit
A heatwave gripping India has killed 36 people with the poorest workers bearing the brunt, national disaster management officials said on Wednesday, warning that the record temperatures were impacting more states than in previous years. India's capital Delhi recorded its highest-ever temperature of 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, while Churu in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, temperatures reached as high as 51C. (PTI)
Gujarat farmers start sowing cotton as rainfall is expected to hit the state soon
With cyclone Vayu likely to induce rainfall, a farmer family starts sowing cotton in Victor village of Rajula taluka of Amreli district. South-west monsoon is also expected to hit the state in next couple of weeks @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/rIxPMdMBDu— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) June 12, 2019
Central govt closely monitoring the situation caused by Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat and other parts: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to inform that he had been praying for the safety and wellbeing of those affected by Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat. He added that the government and local agencies were apprising people of the latest developments which he urged people to closely follow.
Gujarat: Fishermen pull their boats away from the seashore
Congress MLAs help people shift their valuables ahead of Cyclone Vayu's landfall
More than 12,000 people evacuated from 23 villages before Vayu makes landfall
Amreli district administration has evacuated more than 12,000 people from 23 villages of coastal Rajula and Jafrabad talukas as a precautionary measure before Cyclone Vayu makes landfall. The villages where these operations are taking place are less than 10 km away from the coastline: officers
Beaches in Maharashtra to remain shut for two days: state government
Ahead of the cyclonic formation of Vayu which is likely to hit Gujarat, neighbouring state Maharashtra has issued a notice to shut down the beaches for the public along the Konkan stretch at the following places— Palgahar, Thane, Mumbai(city/suburban), Raigad, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg. (ANI)
Gujarat: Sixteen-year-old fisherman Salman refuses to move to the government provided shelter homes
Gujarat: Hours before the severe cyclonic storm #VayuCyclone hits the Gujarat coast near Veralval, 16-year-old fisherman, Salman, says that he and his family aren't going to the government provided shelter homes. His house is merely 50 metres from the shore. @TGEIND pic.twitter.com/aBfUIhI38O— Vaibhav (@Vaibhav_Rptr) June 12, 2019
Heavy rains forecast in different parts of the Gujarat over the next 2 days
NDRF has deployed rescue teams in Gujarat's Morbi district as Vayu will hit the state in less than 24 hours. Meanwhile, Saurashtra and Kutch regions of the state experience very strong winds and rough sea conditions along the coastline. Very heavy rain has been forecast over Diu, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gir and Somnath areas for the next two days.
Places like Porbandar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Morvi, Mahuva, Jamnagar and Junagadh will also experience heavy rainfall.
Nearly 1.25 lakh people have been moved to safer areas, as evacuation operations are still underway
Cyclone Vayu: Somnath beach shut for visitors for three days
Cyclone Vayu: Odisha offers help to Gujarat
As cyclone 'Vayu' advances towards the Gujarat coast, Odisha government Wednesday offered all help to the western state, which has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh called up his Odisha counterpart A P Padhi and sought Odisha's advice on how to tackle the cyclonic storm on a war-footing, officials said Wednesday. (PTI)