Cyclone Vayu: Flights to resume across 5 airports in Gujarat

Saturday, 15 Jun, 2019

"The "very severe" cyclonic storm Vayu will not make landfall on the Saurashtra coast, but it will skirt the coast and affect Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi-Dwarka districts and Union Territory Diu", she said.

Khatma said no deaths or injuries had been reported.

"I want to inform all the citizens of India that the pre-emptive steps taken by the administration, government agencies and armed forces will ensure that there is no loss of life", Chauhan said.

The state government, as a precautionary measure, has evacuated over three lakh people living in low-lying areas and thatched houses in the coastal districts.

Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani on Wednesday chaired meeting to review arrangements before predicted cyclone approaching towards Karachi coast and directed all concerned authorities to prepare for expected winds or heat wave in the city. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation.

He said that the number 9 signals on several ports of Gujarat showing very high level of danger which were still on.

Gujarat Chief Secretary JN Singh said though the cyclone has started moving away from the mainland, the danger of heavy rains or strong winds is still present.

'But the dangers associated with it were still very much there. Few places might also see extremely heavy rains today leading to inundation in low lying areas.

These airports are now witnessing a wind speed between 30 to 40 kilometre/hour gusting up to 60 km/hr and the situation is being closely monitored, it added.

The cyclone is likely to change its course near Porbandar.

Of the 566 affected electric poles, 230 have been repaired.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) authorities also informed that they had initiated the work for clearing nullahs and it would be completed by June 30. Fishermen have been told to avoid venturing into the open sea which is expected to remain rough.

However, despite the warning, many devotees visited the beach temple this morning.

With severe heatwave conditions, with day temperatures are expected to go up to 44 degree Celsius in Adilabad, Komaram Bheem, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Mancherial, Kamareddy, Rajanna Sircilla, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Mahbubnagar and Warangal, says the IMD.

Manorama Mohanty, a scientist at IMD in Ahmedabad said: "CycloneVayu won't hit Gujarat".