Nearly 3 lakh shifted in Gujarat ahead of Cyclone Vayu landfall
Updated : June 13, 2019 11:52 AM IST
As a more intense Cyclone Vayu is racing towards Gujarat, triggered by a warmer Arabian Sea and acquiring moisture from the southwest monsoon, nearly 3 lakh people have been evacuated to safer places. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday evening revised its forecasts and stated the cyclone is likely to make a landfall between Dwarka and Veraval on Thursday afternoon, instead of morning, with a wind speed up to 155 km-165 km per hour and gusting at 180 km. As many as 57 talukas (tehsils) have received light to heavy showers in the state, officials said. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who held a late night review meeting at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters that "more than 2.75 lakh people had been moved to safer places and police teams everywhere were looking for people in low-lying areas and more people may be evacuated during the course of the night." Rupani informed that "all the ports in the state (11 ports) have already been vacated." According to the IMD, with the cyclone changing its course a bit, it could now make landfall between Dwarka and Veraval on the Saurashtra coast.