Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat: Gujarat remained on high alert despite the Indian Metereological Department (IMD) saying that Cyclone Vayu had changed course and would not hit the state coast. A Skymet weather report said that the weather models were indicating that there is a fair amount of probability that very severe cyclone Vayu may just skirt the Gujarat coast near Porbandar, close to Dwarka or Okha coast.
IMD said that the storm has made a small deviation, and will only skirt the Gujarat coast. “But, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain,” Secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan told news agency PTI.
Gujarat government carried out a massive evacuation drive on Wednesday, evacuating around three lakh people to temporary shelters. The Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have been kept on standby for relief and rescue operations. IAF helicopters and around 300 marine commandoes could also be deployed in low-lying coastal areas.
As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges across 10 districts in Gujarat will remain closed on June 12 and 13.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.
“Praying for safety and well-being 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,” Modi tweeted.