Cyclone Vayu around 1100 kms from Oman coast


It further said that heavy spells of rainfall are continuing over coastal areas and are likely to go on for the next three hours.

In a tweet, Bhavnagar collector Harshad Patel said 15 pregnant women from the district were shifted to hospitals from cyclone-affected areas Wednesday night and four deliveries were done successfully. He also mentioned that a few senior ministers have gone to the districts to coordinate and review the situation.

Five people have been killed by lightning in Gujarat, mostly farmers and labourers working in fields, authorities said.

The shed at the entrance of Somnath Temple, in Gir Somnath district, Gujarat damaged due to strong winds.

The meteorological department briefed the Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, saying that there were chances of a cyclone hitting parts of the coastal belt in Sindh province. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka.

The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu, named after the Hindi word for wind, could glance the western state of Gujarat Thursday afternoon before returning to sea.

All ports in Gujarat halted the berthing of vessels from Wednesday.

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Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka.

The state government has deployed 33 teams of the National Disaster Response Force, nine teams of the State Disaster Response Force across 10 coastal districts.

Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept standby as well.

The administrations have declared emergency in Thatta, Badin and Tharparkar districts, the official said.

MeT Department Director RK Jenamani said that Vayu is expected to reach the coastal area of Porbandar and Kutch with a speed of 135-165 on Thursday morning. The moisture concentration and wind then converged around the cyclone leaving the south peninsula, that includes Telangana to become nearly dry. By June 11 a low-pressure area developed over the Arabian sea that turned into a cyclone. In this regard, Deputy Commissioner Hafeez Sayal has said that holidays of government officials have been postponed and directions have also been issued for the cleaning of flood water courses on an urgent basis.

Gujarat has prepared to brace Cyclone Vayu by evacuating over 3.5 lakh people to safer places.

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