Cyclone Vayu To Make Landfall In Mumbai

Cyclone Vayu To Make Landfall In Mumbai

Weather officials said Cyclone Vayu, with wind speeds equivalent to those of a Category 1 hurricane, is set to cross the coast with sustained wind speeds of 145 kph to 155 kph (90 miles per hour to 96 mph), and could gust as high as 170 kph (106 mph).

Almost 300,000 people on India's west coast are being evacuated ahead of Cyclone Vayu, which is now moving at a speed of 110 km per hour in the Arabian Sea, r eported Reuters.

In India's financial capital of Mumbai, police tweeted that because of the high winds, heavy rainfall and lightning expected from Vayu, people "should not venture into sea and should keep safe distance from shoreline".

The state government said the cyclone is likely to affect Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts.

The Indian Meteorological Department says that the thunderstorm and lightning along with the gusty winds have higher chances of occurring in the isolated districts of North Gujarat.

The threat of Cyclone Vayu hitting Gujarat may have receded with the storm changing course overnight, but as the state prepared for the worst on Wednesday and evacuated over three lakh people, a minister firmly refused to shut the Somnath Temple.

A meeting chaired by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani was held to discuss preparedness for the cyclone. Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army & Air Force units have also been put on standby.

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The Chief Minister added that there was no other option but to evacuate the maximum number of people to safety.

While the state government has said all fishermen and their boats have already returned to the shore after getting the warning, ports have been asked to hoist storm warning signal number 8 and 9 to convey "great danger".

The Gujarat Government has announced a two-day shutdown of all schools, colleges and anganwadis across six coastal districts in Saurashtra.

Total 47 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 11 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed.

Action Taken by the Government to prevent Gujarat from Cyclone Vayu.

In a release, the Western Railway said it has cancelled trains going towards Kutch and Saurashtra region for two days.

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