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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.

Source: IANS

NDRF personnel carry out evacuation drive in Gujarat's Dwarka in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the state's coast on Thursday on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
NDRF personnel carry out evacuation drive in Gujarat's Dwarka in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the state's coast on Thursday on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A view of Somnath Temple in Gujarat's Gir Somnath on June 12, 2019. Triggered by a warmer Arabian Sea and acquiring moisture from the southwest monsoon, cyclone Vayu on Wednesday got more intense with forecasts revising its wind speed up to 155 km-165 km per hour and gusting at 180 km when it touches the Gujarat coast on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: IANS)
A view of Somnath Temple in Gujarat's Gir Somnath on June 12, 2019. Triggered by a warmer Arabian Sea and acquiring moisture from the southwest monsoon, cyclone Vayu on Wednesday got more intense with forecasts revising its wind speed up to 155 km-165 km per hour and gusting at 180 km when it touches the Gujarat coast on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: IANS)
NDRF personnel on board IAF C-17 aircraft that landed at Jamnagar, Gujarat on Jun 12, 2019. The NDRF team will carry out Humanitarian Assistance And Disaster Relief (HADR) missions in Gujarat, for the people affected by Cyclone Vayu. (Photo: IANS/IAF)
NDRF personnel on board IAF C-17 aircraft that landed at Jamnagar, Gujarat on Jun 12, 2019. The NDRF team will carry out Humanitarian Assistance And Disaster Relief (HADR) missions in Gujarat, for the people affected by Cyclone Vayu. (Photo: IANS/IAF)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
NDRF personnel carry out evacuation drive in Gujarat's Dwarka in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the state's coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
NDRF personnel carry out evacuation drive in Gujarat's Dwarka in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the state's coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A Team of NDRF facilitating evacuation across the Porbandar-Diu-Veraval coastal expanse in the wake of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday; on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani chairs a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, at the State Emergency Operation Center in Gandhinagar on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani chairs a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, at the State Emergency Operation Center in Gandhinagar on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani chairs a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, at the State Emergency Operation Center in Gandhinagar on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani chairs a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, at the State Emergency Operation Center in Gandhinagar on June 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Cyclone Vayu to hit Gujarat on June 13. (IANS Infographics)
Cyclone Vayu to hit Gujarat on June 13. (IANS Infographics)
A team of NDRF personnel arrives at the Ahmedabad Railway Station as they prepare to leave for Saurashtra by road with emergency and rescue material to carry out evacuation drive in the wake of Cyclone Vayu, on June 12, 2019. Cyclone Vayu is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday. (Photo: IANS)
A team of NDRF personnel arrives at the Ahmedabad Railway Station as they prepare to leave for Saurashtra by road with emergency and rescue material to carry out evacuation drive in the wake of Cyclone Vayu, on June 12, 2019. Cyclone Vayu is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday. (Photo: IANS)
People pull a fishing boat to safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Sea approached the western state of Gujarat, lashing the coast with high winds and heavy rainfall. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People pull a fishing boat to safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Sea approached the western state of Gujarat, lashing the coast with high winds and heavy rainfall. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People use a crane to pull a fishing boat ashore on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People use a crane to pull a fishing boat ashore on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Waves crash on the Arabian Sea coast in Porbandar, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Waves crash on the Arabian Sea coast in Porbandar, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People use a crane to pull a fishing boat ashore on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People use a crane to pull a fishing boat ashore on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Waves crash as people stand on boats on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Waves crash as people stand on boats on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People rescue a man whose boat capsized in heavy waves on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People rescue a man whose boat capsized in heavy waves on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People move a fishing boat to safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
People move a fishing boat to safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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