Gujarat Seeks Odisha’s Help For Tackling Cyclone Vayu

Bhubaneswar: As cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ is fast approaching Gujarat, the western state is on high alert to deal with cyclone. Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that State officials are in constant touch with the Odisha government to learn and implement the disaster management techniques adopted during cyclone Fani that hit the eastern coastal state in May, reports stated.

As per latest weather predictions, Vayu is very likely to move nearly northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 110-120 km/h gusting to 135 km/h during early morning of 13th June 2019.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Tuesday that the entire coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on “high alert”. Leave of all government employees have been cancelled and ministers have been asked to visit all districts and oversee relief and rescue operations.

Army, NDRF, Coast Guard and other agencies have been alerted and to minimise human casualty, evacuation of people to safer locations is all set to start form June 12 onwards. Cargo and ferry operations at ports have been halted and fishermen have been called back.