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Cyclone Vayu more severe, 2.15 lakh shifted

Cyclone Vayu more severe, 2.15 lakh shifted

Gujarat's chief minister, Vijay Rupani, requested on social media that tourists leave coastal areas by Wednesday afternoon. "The state government has made a decision to suspend operations at all the ports situated on Gujarat's coast". Shah also said the Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army and the Air Force units have also been put on standby while aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.

The severe cyclonic storm may cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat along with storm surge that can cause deluge in the low lying coastal regions of Porbandar, Dwarka, Somnath, Junagarh, Diu, Gir, Amreli & Bhavnagar. Nearly 2,80,000 people are evacuated from the region as an immediate action to prevent people from this natural calamity named the Cyclone Vayu. "We have offered all help to Gujarat", Padhi told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

Schools and universities in Gujarat state and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu are closed until June 13, according to the BBC.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted wishing for the safety of those who are in the path of the storm. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force, comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by. In the wake of Cyclone Vayu, more Mumbai rains are expected in both the city as well as the suburbs.

Sardar Sarfraz, the department's spokesperson, said that the cyclone is 700 kilometre away from Karachi.

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In addition, the decision to suspend operations at AAI's Surat airport will be taken after "analysing the weather", AAI said.

The Western Railways cancelled 70 trains and curtailed the journeys of 28 others as Cyclone Vayu inched closer to the Gujarat coastline, growing stronger along the way.

The Western Railway has also chose to run relief special trains.

Two special evacuation trains have been pressed into service with one starting from Okha in Saurashtra for Rajkot at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, and another at 8.05 p.m. for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches. Fishing vessels have also been advised to return to the harbour.