Gujarat, June 12: Very severe Cyclonic storm Vayu will make landfall in Gujarat, Mumbai and neighbouring coastal areas of Maharashtra on Thursday.
Western Railway: 30 more mainline trains have been cancelled, as a precautionary measure in the cyclone prone areas.
In addition to the earlier 15 trains, 25 more mainline trains have been cancelled, while in addition to the earlier 16 trains, 12 other mainline trains will be short terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure in the cyclone Vayu prone areas.
In order to minimize damage to the airport infrastructure and avoid inconvenience to passengers, we’ve decided to suspend flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod & Kandla from today midnight till tomorrow midnight.
Three special evacuation trains are scheduled to run in Rajkot Division, Bhavnagar division & Veraval today to evacuate passengers of coastal areas affected by Vayu Cyclone.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah: As Cyclone Vayu is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Diu, I pray for the safety of the people. MHA is in continuous touch with State Governments/UT and Central Agencies. NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams.
Twenty villages in Gujarat’s Valsad district have been put on alert. Thirty-nine schools in villages near the coasts in Valsad will stay shut. Rescue teams are on alert.
Kandla port has been closed temporarily. Fishermen and locals who live in areas near the port are being evacuated to safer places by the NDRF personnel.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around Thursday morning.
In the wake of the cyclonic storm, the Arabian Sea has turned turbulent, said the IMD, adding that bigger waves are now advancing towards coastal areas.
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team with the help of police and civil administration has evacuated 65 people from Diu and shifted them to shelters.
—–All passenger & Mail/Express trains to Veraval,Okha, Porbandar,Bhavnagar,Bhuj&Gandhidham stns are being short terminated/cancelled after 1800 hrs today to morning of Jun14. One special train from each station to evacuate all persons from respective areas.
Meanwhile, huge sea waves lashed Devbaug village in Malvan tehsil of Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra today.
Cyclone Vayu: Wind warning .
Potential threat from flying objects. Sea conditions are very likely to become rough to high along and off Maharashtra coast on 12 & 13 June. Sea beaches would require special attention. Fisherman warnings issued. Gusty winds can cause tree falling incidences too .
Deputy Director General (DDG), India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai, KS Hosalikar: Very severe cyclonic stormu is now at 280 km south-southwest of Mumbai. Winds over North Maharashtra coast are very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph today. A windy day.
A tree uprooted in Mumbai early morning today due to strong winds in the coastal areas ahead of landfall of Cyclone vayu. A bike came under the uprooted tree .