Ahmedabad, June 12: With Cyclone Vayu set to make landfall in Gujarat on Thursday, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India has issued an advisory listing out the Do's and Don'ts to keep people safe and alert during the cyclonic storm. The severe cyclonic storm has advanced towards the Gujarat coast and is expected to make a landfall between Veraval and Mahuva on the Gujarat coast on June 3. According to the latest weather information, the cyclone has intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and is located around 340 km south of Gujarat’s Veraval coast. Cyclone Vayu To Make Landfall on June 13 in Gujarat.
In the wake of the approaching cyclonic storm, the state government has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift over three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. A weather bulletin released by the meteorological department said, the cyclone would hit the coast near Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm “with a wind speed of 145 to 155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of June 13.
Here's a List of Do's and Don'ts for Cyclone Vayu:
|Before the cyclone||During/after the cyclone (if indoors)||During/after the cyclone (if outdoors)||For fishermen|
|Remain calm and ignore rumours||Switch off electrical mains, gas supply||Don't enter damaged buildings||Keep a radio set with extra batteries handy|
|Keep your mobile phones charged||Keep doors and windows shut||Seek a safe shelter ASAP||Keep boats/rafts tied in a safe place|
|Use SMS services||If your house is unsafe, leave before the onset of cyclone||Watch out for broken electric poles, wires, other sharp objects||People should avoid listening to rumours at such times|
|Stay tuned to news for weather updates||Listen to a radio/transistor||-----------||Don't venture out to sea|
|Store documents and other valuables in waterproof containers||Drink boiled or chlorinated water||-----------||-----------|
|Prepare an emergency kit||Rely only on official warnings||-----------||-----------|
|Carry out repairs at home||-----------||-----------||-----------|
|Don't leave sharp objects loose||-----------||-----------||-----------|
|Untie cattle or other animals||-----------||-----------||-----------|
Cyclone Vayu is likely to affect Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts. Locals in low-lying areas of these 10 districts are being shifted to safer places. Heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in districts of South Gujarat region, in Navsari, Valsad, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli on 12 June, the IMD said. Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh, around 280,000 people from the vulnerable areas along the coast would be evacuated from Wednesday.
Here's the tweet:
#CycloneVayu to hit #Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Diu and Veraval on 13th Jun early morning as a very severe cyclonic storm with wund speed around 150 kmph gusting upto 170 kmph. pic.twitter.com/cqp0guzuBl
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) June 12, 2019
According to reports, the Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force have been put on high alert. Meanwhile, schools, colleges and ‘anganwadis’ (government-run women and child care centres) have been directed to remain shut on June 12 and June 13 in these 10 districts as a precautionary measure.