Home Minister Amit Shah chairs high-level meeting on Cyclone Vayu

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Home Minister Amit Shah chairs high-level meeting on Cyclone Vayu

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of state and central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Vayu.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that Cyclone Vayu is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of Thursday, June 13.

It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat and storm surge of height of about 1.0-1.5 m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

After the review meet, Amit Shah directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water etc and that these are restored immediately in the event of damages caused to them. He also directed for 24X7 functioning of control rooms.

The meeting was attended by home secretary, secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, and senior officers of IMD and Ministry of Home Affairs.

Cabinet Secretary has also convened the meeting of National Crisis Management Committee on Tuesday evening to review the preparedness of the state and central agencies. Chief Secretaries of Gujarat and Advisor to Administrator of Diu will also attend the meeting.

Home Ministry, in a statement, said that it was is in continuous touch with the state governments and Union Territories and the central agencies concerned. NDRF has pre-positioned 26 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment, etc and moving another 10 teams as requested by state government of Gujarat.