Cyclone Vayu, which has been formed over Arabian Sea, is expected to make landfall with the wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph by this afternoon.
A Gujarat Disaster Management Department official said on Wednesday late night that the Cyclone advances towards Gujrat coast and expected to hit anywhere between Veraval in the South and Dwarka in the West by Thursday afternoon.
For taking precaution measure the state government has shifted around three lakhs people fro low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions, the official added.
“The cyclone is now located around 200 km south, south-west of Veraval and is very likely to move nearly northwards and hit the Gujarat coast with wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph, which may intensified into 180 kmph around afternoon of June 13,” a release issued by the MeT department said.
“Observing the development Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Gujarat has evacuated about 3 lakh people and Diu has evacuated over 10,000 people from low-lying areas to safer places. Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army & Air Force units have also been put on standby. Aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.”
The Airports Authority of India announced that flight operations will remain suspended at five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to the cyclone.
According to the latest weather report, the cyclone has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and changed its course slightly. Now, it would hit the Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west Thursday afternoon.