Cyclone Vayu : Know about the Very Severe Cyclone of India

Cyclone Vayu is a severe cyclonic storm moving towards Gujarat from the Arabian Sea. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it was headed for landfall over Saurashtra coast on Thursday afternoon. But now it has changed its course overnight and moved further into the sea. It is moving at a speed of 16 kmph and is expected to cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph.

Cyclone Vayu is the third cyclonic storm and second very severe cyclonic storm of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, and the first cyclone to form in the Arabian Sea this year.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has landed in Gujarat with the help of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and has started undertaking the preventive evacuation of people living on the west coast. The state government has shifted over 2.5 lakh people in 500 coastal villages to safer locations. Since 1998, Cyclone Vayu is the deadliest storm to hit the state. Earlier a cyclone had destroyed the port town of Kandla, killing 1,241 people.

The state and the central agencies are taking efforts to minimize damage to life and property. The tourists and pilgrims in Dwarka, Porbandar,and Somnath were also shifted out of the towns to the safer places. Vayu will move through the state for four days. It could potentially cause damage in districts of Amreli, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Junagadh, Gir-Somnath, Jamnagar and Kutch. Because of this cyclonic storm, the Arabian Sea has turned turbulent and bigger waves are advancing towards coastal areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday has advised people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.

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