Several Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the jawans of the Indian Army have been kept on stand by as cyclone Vayu is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, reports said. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph during mid-night of 12th June 2019. Though Vayu is much weaker than Fani, the former can generate winds of speed 110-120 km per hour while Fani had speeds of about 220 km per hour, forecasts said.

Though Vayu may not create widespread destruction like Fani, it can halt the northward progression of the monsoon for a few days. If that happens, the backbone of our agrarian economy will cripple as it solely relies on monsoon rain. And the states, that are already reeling under water acute drinking water crisis, are likely to witness the drought situation.

MeT dept said CycloneVayu is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in next 24 hours. The deep depression over the Arabian Sea, which brewed over the past 2 days, has intensified into a cyclonic storm and it is likely to drench Saurashtra-Kutch region. Porbandar and Dwarka districts of Gujarat are likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone. Local administrations in these two districts held emergency meetings to reduce the threat to human life. Several ports of Gujarat have already flashed the danger signal.

On May 3, Cyclone Fani, that was one of the worst cyclones to hit India in last two decades, made landfall in the state of Odisha and caused loss of over Rs 9,000 crore in the state. The category 4 storm devastated as many as 20,367 villages in 14 coastal districts there.

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