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Cyclone Luban: 130 Indian sailors moved out of Oman port

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

As many as 130 Indian sailors, mostly from Gujarat, on board several ships stationed at the Port in Oman, have been moved to safer places in view of an approaching cyclone, a state government release stated Friday.

It stated that a majority of the sailors were willing to leave the port for safer destinations but some had refused and had to be moved out forcibly by the government in view of the imminent landfall of Cyclone Luban there.

A release said Friday "very severe cyclonic storm" Luban was moving over west-central and was centred around 450 kilometres from the port at 5:30 AM India time.

held talks with the Centre, the Maritime Board and to rescue the 130 sailors, said the government release.

Rupani, with the mediation of Indian Navy, suggested that the of forcibly evacuate those who were not ready to leave the port, it said.

"Thanks to the CM's foresight, timely intervention by the Centre and cooperation from the of Oman, lives of 130 crew members have been saved," it said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:30 IST