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Cyclone Vayu: Over 1.5 lakh moved to safety

IANS  |  Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad 

Nearly 1.5 lakh people were evacuated to safer places from the coastal districts of region in and two special evacuation trains were being pressed into service with cyclone Vayu likely to be more intense at 150 km per hour when it makes landfall in the state.

Flight operations from to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar in have been cancelled for Thursday, while all educational institutions have been shut and tourists on the coast asked to steer out at the earliest, officials said.

Two special evacuation trains have been pressed into service with one starting from Okha in for at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, and another at 8.05 p.m. for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches.

Vijay Rupani, who had a review meeting with the at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters that the (IMD) had upgraded the possible wind velocity from up to 120 km per hour till Tuesday evening to 150 km per hour and gusting at 175 km per hour.

We had earlier planned to shift only those living in kutcha (thatched) houses but in the wake of forecasts that the cyclone could be severe, decided to shift all the people in coastal villages, Rupani said.

The added that there was no other option but to evacuate the maximum number of people to safety. "The government's success would be in zero death," he said.

Rupani said more than 1.20 lakh people were shifted by around noon and many more would be moved by the evening.

Officials said as many as 47 (NDRF) and others had already arrived in The said: "The first impact of the cyclone was expected to be felt tonight and peak after 4 a.m."

On Tuesday, the airlifted 160 NDRF jawans from Vijaywada to Jamnagar, while the NDRF announced on Wednesday that 12 more teams will be airlifted from INS Rajali (Tamil Nadu) and (Bihar) to help people in Gujarat and neighbouring Union Territory of Diu.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 17:32 IST
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