‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ Vayu to hit India’s west coast, 3 million people affected

A Cyclonic storm Vayu, which is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours, is expected to hit the state of Gujarat and bring heavy rainfall and winds at the speed of 110 kilometres per hour to Saurashtra and Kutch on the 13th and 14th June,  the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The IMD added that the cyclone is likely to move north-northwest along the west coast during the next 72 hours.

The storm will cause heavy rainfall in coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Konkan and Goa and heavy to very heavy rainfall in Saurashtra in the coming days.

As forecast, the deep depression in south Arabian Sea intensified into cyclonic storm this Tuesday morning. Vayu is intensifying rapidly and is likely to strike Saurashtra and Mahuva around Verala and Diu as a severe cyclonic storm by late night 12th June or early morning on 13th June, a private weather watcher Skymet Weather said.

Porbandar, Veraval, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Junagarh and Okha could face winds speeds of up to 110-135 kmph.

While Mumbai will escape the fury of the cyclone, but it will still see good rains and high velocity winds. The sea condition will be rough or very rough on the 12th June when the cyclone passes.

There will be a sign of relief for Rajasthan from the heat, as the winds will bring thunderstorm activity to some parts of the region.

In all the cyclone will affect close to 300,0000 people, out of which over 3,00,000 people from Gujarat’s Kutch will be evacuated to shelters on higher grounds. The Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting to discuss the preparedness, and in a statement the MHA said that it expects over 700 temporary relief centres  to be set up across the affected states. Moreover, 39 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams are on standby for relief and rescue operation.