The cyclone Vayu which was to hit Gujarat will now not hit Gujarat as it has changed its trajectory overnight. The cyclone moved north-north-westwards in the night over the Arabian Sea which is around 110 kilometres from the coast of Gujarat.
However, the western coast of India will remain on high alert as strong winds and rough seas are expected for the next 24 to 48 hours. The authorities had evacuated over three lakh people from coastal Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu on Wednesday.
About 52 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed for rescue and relief operations. Apart from the NDRF, the Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force too have been put on high alert.
The cyclone is expected to keep moving in the same direction with wind speeds upto 145 kilometers per hour.
The ‘very severe cyclone’ resulted in the Western Railways cancelling over 70 trains and curtailing the journeys of 28 others. All schools and colleges along the coastline will remain closed until the warning has passed, and naval diving teams have been kept on standby.
The flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla have been suspended for 24 hours. In Mumbai Airport, over 400 flights were affected. About 194 departures and 192 arrivals were delayed.
Gujarat which has one of the world’s largest petrochemical refinery had stopped berthing of vessels from Wednesday. Fishermen have also been advised against venturing the sea along the Gujarat coast until 15th June.
Source : Various