Cyclone Vayu: all you need to know

Almost 300,000 people on India's west coast are being evacuated ahead of Cyclone Vayu, which is now moving at a speed of 110 km per hour in the Arabian Sea, r eported Reuters.

The Ministry of Home Affairs held a high-level meeting with Gujarat officials on Cyclone Vayu. "NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance", he tweeted. A deep depression over the Arabian Sea, which has been brewing over the last two days intensified into a cyclonic storm Vayu, added the weather department. I appeal to all Congress workers to be prepared to help out in all the areas that come in the cyclone's way.

Flight operations from Ahmedabad airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar have been cancelled for tomorrow.

The Gujarat Government, as per Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's instructions, has announced a two-day shutdown of all schools, colleges and anganwadis across six coastal districts in Saurashtra. Almost three lakh people are being evacuated starting today as Cyclone Vayu is set to make landfall.

According to media reports now Vayu is 480km southwest of Mumbai and moving to the north. Mumbai's IMD has stated that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds at 30-40 kmph are likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Greater Mumbai. It is now 320 kilometres south of Veraval in Gujarat and is moving northwards. Vayu has turned into a "very severe" cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall - between Porbandar and Union territory Diu, the official said. The "very severe cyclonic storm" is now around 340 km south of Gujarat's Veraval coast.

The Met Office, however, advised fishermen in Sindh to not to venture in the open sea during Wednesday evening to Friday evening, as the sea conditions are likely to be very rough and high. Rescue teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Army, Coast Guard and Border Security Force (BSF) are also in readiness. Normally a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall.

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, Vayu is about 340 kilometres almost south of Veraval in Gujarat.

In its forecast for June 13, the IMD said, "Gale wind speed of the order of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in morning hours and decrease gradually thereafter".

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated along parts of India's western coast as the region braces itself for a powerful cyclone.

The cyclone is likely to disturb the advancement of Monsoon, which has already been delayed by a week. The Indian Air Force is transporting National Disaster Relief Force personnel and emergency aid to the region.

Gujarat is also home to large refineries and sea ports near the storm's path.

A Reliance executive said the cyclone is expected to weaken by the time it reaches the Jamnagar-based refinery.

"But in case the course changes or intensifies, the refinery is ready for any contingency", the executive said, declining to be named because he was not authorised to speak to journalists.

Nayara Energy, owned by a consortium led by Russia's Rosneft, said it was monitoring the situation and also taking precautionary measures at its Gujarat refinery.

In May, Cyclone Fani killed at least 34 people on India's eastern coast, destroying houses and ripping off roofs.

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