Cyclone Vayu is likely to change its trajectory and move towards Gujarat coast once again in the next 48 hours. It was expected to make a landfall in Gujarat around Wednesday or Thursday this week but changed its direction and moved towards Oman.
The latest reports on Cyclone Vayu suggest that the cyclone may recurve on June 16 and hit Kutch between June 17 and 18. M Rajjevan, Ministry of Earth Sciences secretary said the cyclone is likely to hit the coastal areas of Gujarat for which sufficient measures have been taken by the state government to combat the calamity. He added that the intensity of the Cyclonic storm is likely to reduce this time and may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed that Cyclone Vayu is currently moving away from southwest of Porbandar. It’s about 390 km west of Diu and 280 km west-southwest of Porbandar, reported ANI.
The second cyclone to hit India this year, Cyclone Vayu was earlier expected to hit land between Porbandar and Veraval on Thursday. However, it moved towards Oman later.
The state government had made massive arrangements ahead of the expected landfall. Over 3 lakh people were evacuated from coastal Gujarat and the union territory of Diu. The government had stationed National Disaster Response Force, the Coast Guard, Army, Navy Air Force and the Border Security Force at the respective zones ahead of the cyclone and all schools and colleges were also shut.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani although reiterated on safety arrangements and evacuation drive. He assured that colleges and schools will resume on Saturday in accordance with their regular schedules as necessary arrangements by the state government were in place.