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Preparations in full swing to combat effects of Cyclone VAYU

The MeT department said, the Cyclone is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Diu by early morning on Wednesday. It is likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at several places in Saurashtra, South Gujarat, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli in the next two days.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 35 teams in Gujarat and four in Diu in coordination with local administration. Rescue teams of State Disaster Response Force, Army, Coast Guard and BSF are also on stand by. 

Gujarat Chief Secretary said approximately 2 lakh 80,000 people from vulnerable areas along the coast will be evacuated from today. Arrangements have been made to warn people of the cyclone through announcements in media and bulk SMS.

All schools, colleges and anganvadis centres in districts that could be hit by the Cyclone have been closed for today and tomorrow. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday reviewed the preparations of concerned State and Central Ministries to deal with the situation. Home Minister directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure the safe evacuation of people and maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health and drinking water.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday held a meeting to review the state’s preparedness to minimize the impact of Cyclone Vayu.

36  teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF, along with 34 teams of the Indian Army, the Coast Guard, BSF and other agencies have all been deployed in the state in view of the cyclone. Schools and colleges will remain closed for two days from today in all the 10 districts of Saurashtra. People from the likely affected areas will be evacuated today. The State government has also appealed the tourists to leave to safer places. 

As a precautionary measure, airports in Porbander, Rajkot,  Keshod and Diu have been closed for civilian flight operations and commercial flights, mainly from Mumbai, are being diverted to other airports in Gujarat. IAF helicopters have been deployed with rescue equipment. Navy and Coast Guard ships in Arabian sea close to Saurashtra coastline and Bay of Kutch are put on high. 

Massive stock of Food packets and potable water pouches is being generated by the state administration with the help from social service organizations and arrangements are on for last mile delivery to people. 

Health teams with medicines are rushing to cyclone prone districts. More than 1500 State Transport buses are earmarked for movement of relief teams and material to affected area

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