Sources said today, more than 1.60 lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Gujarat as the Cyclone Vayu is positioning closer to the state’s coastline. As per the last weather report, Cyclone Vayu has turned into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and has changed its way slightly. It may make a landfall in Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west.

Additional Chief Secretary of Gujarat Revenue Department Pankaj Kumar told sources that a total of “36 NDRF team have been deployed, 11 more teams are ready.” He said nine SDRF teams, 14 companies of SRP and 300 marine commandos have also been deployed.

“Nine helicopters have been placed at strategic points, and 10,000 tourists have also been shifted,” he added.

After a high alert has been issued from yesterday, many people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. In order to fasten the service, the government deployed two special evacuation train one starting from Okha in Saurashtra for Rajkot, and another for Ahmedabad.

An official said that between Porbandar and Union territory Diu, the after effect of the cyclone will be strong for 24 hours. Today, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba hold a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) where they talked over the preparation for relief and rescue operations.

To face the situation, fifteen passenger trains in Gujarat have been canceled and educational institutions will remain closed till tomorrow.

PM Modi in a tweet said that the Centre is “closely monitoring the situation”. He said he is “constantly in touch with state governments” to review the situation.

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