Amit Shah chairs meeting on Cyclone Vayu

Gujarat Cyclone Warning

Cyclone Vayu, season's first in the Arabian Sea has finally formed and is likely to see further intensification as well.

D Sivananda Pai, head of the IMD's long-range forecasting said, "Progress of the monsoon seems unlikely till 15-16 June because the cyclone will drag moisture away".

Vayu is likely to result in heavy to very heavy showers all along India's western coastline with many parts here experiencing rough to very rough sea conditions. The western parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat are likely to witness "heavy to very heavy rains" between June 12 and June 14.

The IMD has issued an "orange" alert for Cyclone Vayu, indicating that it does not expect the storm to cause much damage on land. Yet, it warned fishermen from venturing into the sea till June 13. Ports are also directed to flag a danger signal.

IMD said that Vayu was positioned 630 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai at 11.30 pm on Monday night and was moving in a northwards direction.


The severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, such as Amreli, Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar and Kutch.

It deployed National Disaster Response Force personnel in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch on Tuesday morning. Early Tuesday morning, it will intensify into a cyclonic storm and severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours.

The chief secretary said NDRF teams had been deployed in the coastal Saurashtra region and Gir Somnath and they were coordinating with Army, Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation. "It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over South Gujarat and Maharashtra Coasts" on June 12, while it could go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over north Arabian Sea on June 13.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of state and central agencies today.

Gujarat is at presently reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.

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