Cyclone Vayu begins skirting Gujarat coast, brings heavy rainfall: IMD

A cyclone that had been heading for western India has veered away, forecasters said Thursday, although costal areas were still expected to be hit by winds gusting up to 160 kilometres (110 miles) per hour.

The meteorological department briefed the Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, saying that there were chances of a cyclone hitting parts of the coastal belt in Sindh province.

In Mumbai, the Airport's Public Relation Officer (PRO) had said that due to heavy rains on Monday evening, some flights that were arriving at Mumbai were diverted to Delhi and Vadodara. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka.

"Praying for the safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu", Modi tweeted.

"Cyclone Vayu's effect will be seen in the coastal regions, as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well", Manorama Mohanty of the Met Department said.

Authorities have evacuated almost 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very severe cyclone that's expected to make landfall as the year's second major storm.

These airports are now witnessing a wind speed between 30 to 40 kilometre/hour gusting up to 60 km/hr and the situation is being closely monitored, it added.

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After India's home minister, Amit Shah, held a meeting today with government and military officials, air force planes carried 39 National Disaster Response Force teams to the western coast.

Under the influence of this system, scattered Dust/Thunder-showers are expected in southeast Sindh (Thatta, Badin and Tharparkar districts) on Thursday-Friday. Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelters.

According to ANI, following a review of the status of its airports in the state AAI said, "Normal flight operations will resume at Bhavnagar airport from 6 am tomorrow and at Diu and Porbandar airports from 10 am tomorrow".

Moreover, two diving and rescue teams and three medical teams are on standby to render necessary assistance.

Gujarat has prepared to brace Cyclone Vayu by evacuating over 3.5 lakh people to safer places.

The heartwarming tale came from the island village of Shiyal Bet amid concern about the impact of the cyclone which eventually changed its course and moved away from the Gujarat, coast, much to the relief of the local administration and people living in areas along the shore.

  • Sonia Alvarado