Cyclone Vayu LIVE: Several flights suspended, trains cancelled as Gujarat braces for super storm’s landfall

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Updated:Jun 13, 2019 6:12:33 am

Gujarat Cyclone Vayu Live Updates: Flight operations will remain suspended in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla airports, AAI said.

Vayu Cyclone Update, Gujarat Cyclone Vayu LiveWaves crash against the jetty at a fishing harbour ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Vayu at Veraval. (Reuters)

Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat Live Updates: In order to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to Cyclone Vayu, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced that flight operations will remain suspended at five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday. As a precautionary measure in the cyclone prone areas, the Railways has cancelled 70 mainline trains and will short terminate 28 other mainline trains.

The India Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Vayu has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is expected t hit Gujarat coast on June 13 morning. The state government has started evacuating nearly three lakh people in 10 districts of Gujarat with the assistance of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Meanwhile, the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force and the BSF are on high alert.

The Gujarat government has sounded a high alert and deployed National Disaster Response Force personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. The government has also advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea water for the next few days in view of the cyclone. All ports have also been asked to flag a danger signal. Schools and colleges will also remain closed on several parts of Gujarat on June 13 and June 14. Gujarat is home to three oil refineries including the country’s biggest and also has multiple ports and arrangements have been made to deal with the situation.

The onset of the storm will trigger heavy rains in Goa and the Konkan region on Wednesday and Thursday. IMD has also issued an ‘orange’ warning for Goa due to the deep depression over East Central and adjoining South East Arabian sea, which has intensified into cyclonic storm.

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    06:12 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Alert sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat

    In view of cyclone Vayu, a general alert has been sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as wind speeds are likely to touch 170 km per hour. Cyclone Vayu has turned into a "very severe" cyclone. It has been predicted that the impact of cyclone Vayu will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after its landfall. In the normal course, a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall.

    05:20 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    400 flights affected in Mumbai as cyclone Vayu approaches

    Nearly 400 flights were affected due to bad weather caused by the cyclone Vayu, an airport official said. Air passengers to and from the megapolis had a tough time as 194 departing flights and 192 arrivals were delayed at one of the country's busiest airport in the wake of the bad weather due to the cyclone Vayu. At least two flights were diverted from the city.

    04:29 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Gujarat electricity dept prepare to tackle power disruptions

    The Paschim Gujarat Vij Corporation Limited (PGVCL) has geared up to tackle power disruptions in the state after cyclone Vayu makes landfall on Thursday. Gujarat energy minister Saurabh Patel said that the electricity department has deployed 634 special teams in potential sites of damage. The cyclone is expected to make landfall on Thursday.

    03:30 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Adani Ports & SEZ suspends operation at Tuna and Mundra ports

    Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) has suspended vessel operations at its Tuna and Mundra Port in Gujarat for next 24 hours in the wake of cyclone Vayu. In a statement, APSEZ said that it will continue to monitor development at Dahej and Hazira Port. After hitting Gujarat coast, cyclone Vayu is likely to move along and parallel to Saurashtra and Kutch coast.

    22:28 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Railways cancels 70 trains, short terminates 28 others

    As a precautionary measure in the cyclone-prone areas, the Railways has cancelled 70 mainline trains and will short terminate 28 other mainline trains due to Cyclone Vayu. According to the MeT department, cyclone Vayu has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and it is nearing the Gujarat coast.

    22:11 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Over 3 lakh people evacuated in Gujarat and Diu, says Amit Shah

    Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the authorities have evacuated about 3.1 lakh people living in the low-lying areas and the NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams for rescue and relief operations. As Gujarat and Diu are braving to face cyclone Vayu, the Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army and the Air Force units have also been put on standby while aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.

    21:55 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu: Fani-surviver Odisha offers to help Gujarat

    Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh approached his Odisha counterpart A P Padhi and sought the eastern state's advice on how to handle the cyclonic storm on a war-footing, officials have revealed. The Gujarat government is in continuous touch with Odisha seeing its successful handing of similar calamities such as cyclone 'Fani' in May this year and cyclone 'Titli' last year, officials were quoted by PTI.  

    21:13 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Western Railway cancels 40 trains to coastal Gujarat

    The Western Railway has decided to short-terminate or cancel some of its trains passing through areas of Gujarat that are likely to be affected by cyclone Vayu. All passenger and mail trains to Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham stations will be short-terminated or cancelled from 6 pm on Wednesday till Friday morning, WR chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar told news agency PTI.

    20:18 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Flight operations to remain suspended from midnight

    All flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla will remain suspended from midnight till Thursday midnight. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has taken the decision in order to minimise damage caused due to the Cyclone Vayu to the airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers.

    20:04 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Dust storm lashes Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram

    According to private weather forecaster Skymet Weather, duststorm with the speed of 60 to 70 km/h has slammed Delhi and adjoining areas of Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram. Several parts of Delhi are likely to experience heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

    19:30 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu: Railways cancels 15 trains, short terminates 16 others

    The railways has cancelled 15 trains and will also short terminate 16 others due to the cyclone Vayu, Western Railways said on Wednesday.Moreover, safety and security precautions are also being taken by the Western Railway for train passengers of the prone areas -- Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham., PTI reported. Trains which have been cancelled on June 12 and 13 are - Veraval-Amreli Passenger, Amreli-Junagadh, Delvada-Veraval.

    19:22 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Thunderstorm, lightning likely in Palghar, Thane during next four hours: IMD Mumbai

    "Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning, gusty wind with speed reaching 30-40 kilometres per hour, with intense spell of rain, is likely to occur at isolated places in districts of Palghar and Thane during next 4 hours," IMD Mumbai was quoted by news agency, ANI.

    19:17 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Man killed, two injured after portion of panel collapsed due to strong winds in Mumbai

    A man on Wednesday lost his life and two were injured after a panel on the east side facade of Churchgate station building fell due to strong winds and rains.

    62-year-old Madhukar Narvekar was passing by Churchgate station building when the portion, part of the 81 ft x 54 ft mural of Mahatma Gandhi installed in November 2017, fell on him, a railway official was quoted as saying by news agency, PTI. Narvekar was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to injuries on his head and chest. 

    19:12 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    NDRF team alerts people near Jafrabad Port

    The NDRF team  is alerting people near Jafrabad Port

    19:05 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Indian Air Force, Army and Indian Coast Guard on stand by as Cyclone Vayu intesifies

    The Army, the Air Force are deployed and put on standby for rescue and relief operations along the coastal areas.

    The ships and aircraft have been directed to be prepared for any oil spill response by merchant ships in the region by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and also deployed its ships and aircraft to enable search and rescue post the landfall while the Army deployed a total of ten columns with each having a strength of about 70 persons have been deployed in Jamnagar, Porbandar, Gir, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Somnath, Morbi, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Amreli.

    In addition, another 24 columns have been put on standby to carry out rescue and relief operations.The IAF has also positioned the medium lift and light utility helicopters at nodal points in the state to undertake the disaster relief operations with a highly mobile deployable radar keeping a close eye from Gandhinagar. Furthermore, mobile communication vehicles have also been positioned at nodal points and communication support groups have also been formulated at the air bases in Gujarat to handle potential contingencies.

    19:03 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    NDRF to deploy 52 teams in Gujarat

    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 teams along the coastal areas of the state and Diu while 36 teams have been pre-positioned/deployed at Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Dwarka, Porbandar, Morbi,  Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Valsad, Surat and Gandhinagar, while four teams have been pre-positioned at Diu for prompt response," the NDRF has said.

    Also, six teams are being airlifted from Patna airport and INS Rajali to Gujarat, raising the number to 52 (NDRF) teams in Gujarat (47 teams) and Diu (5 teams) for assisting the administration in rescue and relief work. 

    18:36 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu: Adani, Ambani make arrangements for their oil refineries in Gujarat

    Reliance Industries' two refineries at Jamnagar and Rosneft-backed Nayara Energy's Vadinar unit are on high alert however, operations have not been impacted, PTI has reported. 

    Adani Ports, which is the country's largest port operator, has put a disaster management plan in place at all its assets along the Gujarat coast, including Hazira, Dahej, Tuna and Mundra ports, Sikka Ports and Terminals, which also oversees crude oil and refined products for Reliance, has stopped vessel berthing after the warning was issued for cyclone.

    Gujarat is home to three oil refineries including the country's biggest and also has multiple ports.

    18:29 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu will cross Gujarat coast at 155-165 kmph at around afternoon of 13th June, says IMD

    Cyclone Vayu is about 280 km is nearly south of Veraval and 360 km south of Porbandar in Gujarat. The storm will cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval and has been classified as a "Very Severe Cyclonic Storm" with a wind speed of 155-165 km/h at around afternoon on 13th June.

    18:14 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    More than 500 villages in coastal region have been evacuated

    Over 500 villages in coastal region have been evacuated with 2.15 lakh people moved to shelters. Midnight onwards, police will be patrolling the vulnerable areas, Gujarat Revenue Department additional chief secretary Pankaj Kumar said.

    17:15 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    ONGC's western offshore installations on high alert

    Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has put its installations in the western offshore on high alert and restricted helicopter sorties as Cyclone Vayu gathers steam over the Arabian Sea.

    The state-owned company which is responsible for producing the bulk of India's oil and gas off the west coast and houses its operational personnel on several of its installations, is yet to evacuate its personnel, new agency, PTI has reported.

    However, as a precaution, two emergency control rooms have been established in Mumbai and Hazira in Gujarat to keep an eye on the situation as it develops. In addition, helicopters and a multi-support vessel (MSV) are on standby for any rescue and relief operation that may be needed.

    Operations are largely unaffected, ONGC has said.

    17:03 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi advises people to follow real-time information on Cyclone Vayu

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed the citizenry to follow real-time information by local agencies to stay safe."Praying for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu. The government and local agencies are providing real-time information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow," PM Modi said in a tweet. 

    16:28 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Watch: Strong winds and dust hit Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district in Gujarat

    Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district weathers gusty winds and dust ahead of Cyclone Vayu

    15:58 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu: Rahul Gandhi urges Congress workers to help in areas that get affected

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday urged his party workers to be prepared to help in areas that may get affected by Cyclone Vayu, which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning. "Cyclone Vayu is nearing the Gujarat coast. I appeal to all Congress workers to be prepared to help out in all the areas that come in the cyclone's way. I pray for the security and well-being of all the people in the areas that will be affected by the cyclone," Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter in Hindi.

    15:31 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    NDRF team deployed in Morbi
    As a precautionary measure, NDRF teams have been deployed in Gujarat's Morbi. Cyclone Vayu is expected to make landfall  between Porbandar and Mahuva on Thursday morning.
     
    14:50 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu live updates: Flights and trains affected in Gujarat-check details

    Flight operations from Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar are cancelled for June 14, news agency ANI reported. All passenger and Mail/Express trains to Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham stations are being short terminated or cancelled after 1800 hrs today till the morning of June 14. One special train from each station to evacuate all persons from respective areas On Weneday, two special evacuation trains to run from Okha station at 17:45 hours and 20:05 hours for Rajkot and Ahmedabad, respectively. 

    13:16 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Massive evacuation of nearly three lakh people begins as Gujarat pulls all stops 

    Gujarat has began massive evacuation of nearly 2.91 lakh people living in around 400 villages of Gujarat’s 10 districts - Kutch, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Morbi, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Rajkot, and Gir-Somnath are being moved in a massive evacuation exercise. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is assisting the local administration in the process. 

    CM Vijay Rupani has assured that they will be given shelter in government buildings or those owned by various trusts and NGOs. 

    12:44 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu impacts Maharashtra as neighbouring Gujarat braces for landfall on June 13

    Even as Cyclone Vayu progresses towards Gujarat, huge sea waves lashed Devbaug village in Malvan of Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district. Vayu also impacted several of the state's coastal areas including Mumbai which witnessed a windy Wednesday morning. The depression in the Arabian Sea has turned the waves turbulent as winds advance towards the coastal areas, the IMD has said while adding that it would cause the winds to blow at a speed of 145kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning.

    12:14 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm

    With the cyclone steadily progressing towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has upgraded the condition to 'very severe'   The IMD said that Cyclone Vayu has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm. and it would cause winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by tomorrow morning.

    11:28 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Gujarat CM Rupani issues travel advisory

    Gujarat CM Vijay RupanI issues advisory to tourists visiting coastal places of Somnath,  Kutch and Dwarka to leave for a safer place or return to their respective states on Wednesday afternoon as the state braces for Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit Gujarat coast early tomorrow. On Tuesday, the chief minister had held a review meeting with officials on preparedness in the wake of the cyclone forecast. He also advised the people to follow the instructions issued by the administration and cooperate.

    10:44 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Indian Army, Air force, Navy on standby

    The Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard have been put on standby for relief and rescue operations. Aircrafts and helicopters are also conducting aerial surveillance of the areas most likely to be affected by the storm.

    10:39 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu live updates: Heavy rainfall prediction for Goa

    Onset of cyclone "Vayu" will trigger heavy rains in Goa and the Konkan area for the next two days, the IMD said Tuesday.

    The department has issued the "orange" warning for Goa in view of the deep depression over East Central and adjoining South East Arabian sea, which has intensified into cyclonic storm.

    09:51 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Schools, colleges to remain closed in several parts of Gujarat

    The Gujarat government has sounded a high alert and deployed National Disaster Response Force personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. The government has also advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea water for the next few days in view of the cyclone. All ports have also been asked to flag a danger signal. Schools and colleges will also remain closed on several parts of Gujarat on June 13 and June 14.

    09:21 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu live updates: Chinese boats seek shelter as storm intensifies

    Some Chinese boats sought shelter from authorities near Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, a Coast Guard official today news agency PTI.

    09:03 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu to hit Gujarat coast on Thursday morning

    Cyclone Vayu is expected to hit Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval on Thursday morning with a wind speed of 140-150 kmph to 165 kmph.

    08:35 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Cyclone Vayu moving northwards: IMD

    The IMD on Wednesday morning said that Cyclone Vayu was moving northwards and lay centred at 0230 hrs of 12 June over Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 450 km west-northwest of Goa, 290 km south-southwest of Mumbai & 380 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat).

    08:13 (IST)12 Jun 2019
    Evacuations to begin today

    The government will begin evacuating around 3 Lakh people residing in the most vulnerable areas. Amit Shah has also asked officials to ensure that power, telecommunications and drinking water supplies affected by the storm are restored as soon as possible afterwards.

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Cyclone Vayu is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 160 kmph during early morning of June 13. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat with storm surge with a height of about 1-1.5 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. The IMD has been issuing regular bulletins since April 9 to all the states concerned.