Gujarat : The state authorities of Gujarat have already started the evacuation of the people in view of the cyclonic storm “Vayu” expected to hit the coastal areas of Gujarat on Thursday. Around 3 lakh people from Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu will be shifted to the more than 700 shelters set up by the authorities.
“Evacuation of people from low lying/vulnerable areas in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch to safe shelters is going on since early morning. Urging people to cooperate with administration.” said Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) in Gujarat.
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The State government has deployed 36 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, which will reach their respective area on Wednesday. In all, 34 teams of Army, two BSF teams, and units of the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard have been put on standby mode.
“Vayu” has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, forcing authorities to put Gujarat on a high alert. The State authorities have ordered the closure of schools for three days in coastal districts, deployed NDRF teams and asked fishermen to return to the coast. The Government has also advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.