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  • 16:38(IST)

    Over 1.6 lakh people evacuated from ten vulnerable areas in Gujarat till 4 pm

    ANI quoted Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) as saying, “A total of 1,64,090 people have been evacuated from 10 affected areas till 4 pm.”
















  • 16:27(IST)

    NDRF evacuates beaches in Dwarka ahead of expected Cyclone Vayu landfall

    Gujarat: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuates citizens from beaches in Dwarka ahead of the expected landfall of#CycloneVayu, tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/IstE2NMr3P

    — ANI (@ANI)June 12, 2019
















  • Road clearing being done on Mangrol road in Junagadh
    Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters
















  • 16:02(IST)

    MHA concludes meeting on Cyclone Vayu 

    According to CNN-News18, the Ministry of Home Affairs held a high-level meeting with Gujarat officials on Cyclone Vayu. The meeting was headed by the home secretary. Gujarat chief secretary and Diu advisor were present via video conferencing.
















  • Strong winds, clubbed with dust, are making visibility low in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar

    Input by Darshana Jamindar/101Reporters

    Strong winds clubbed with dust are making visibility low in Bhavnagar.#CycloneVayuis expected to make landfall in#Gujaratat 8 am tomorrow, bringing winds with speeds of up to 175 kmph.

    Follow LIVE updates on the storm here:https://t.co/oDL1a7M40dpic.twitter.com/mpmDFrPlNb

    — Firstpost (@firstpost)June 12, 2019
















  • 15:38(IST)

    Centre closely monitoring situation, says Modi

    “The Central government is closely monitoring the situation due to Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat and other parts of India…NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance,” Narendra Modi tweeted.

    The Central Government is closely monitoring the situation due to Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat and other parts of India.

    I have been constantly in touch with State Governments.

    NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance.

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)June 12, 2019
















  • 15:34(IST)

    Cyclone Vayu has been upgraded from a ‘severe’ to ‘very severe’

    The category of Cyclone Vayu has been upgraded from a ‘severe’ to ‘very severe’. Moreover, the home ministry is holding a high-level meeting with officials of Gujarat to review the state’s preparedness,News18reported.

    The cyclone is expected to make landfall at 8 am on Thursday morning, bringing winds with speeds of up to 175 kmph.
















  • Control Room numbers to contact for help during Cyclone Vayu​

    Dwarka 02833 – 232125​

    Jamnagar 0288 – 2553404

    Porbandar 0286 – 2220800

    Dahod 02673 – 239277

    Navsari 02637 – 259401

    Panchmahal 02672 – 242536

    Chota Udaipur 02669 – 233021

    Kutch 02832 – 250080

    Rajkot 0281 – 2471573

    Aravali 02774 – 250221

    Input by Darshana Jamindar/101Reporters
















  • Gujarat govt working on ‘war footing’

    Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all departments of the state government “are working on war footing”. “A control room has been set up at the BJP office at Rajkot. (Gujarat BJP president) Jitubhai Vaghani has cancelled all his meetings and is on his way to Rajkot, which will be his headquarters for now to take stock of the situation. He has appealed to all BJP workers to help evacuate people, distribute food packets and work with the local administration.

    Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters
















  • 15:08(IST)

    Narendra Modi ‘praying for safety all those affected by Cyclone Vayu’

    The prime minister, on Twitter, said he was “praying for the safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu”. “The government and local agencies are providing real-team information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow,” Modi tweeted.

    Praying for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu.

    The Government and local agencies are providing real-team information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow.

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)June 12, 2019
















  • 15:00(IST)

    Maharashtra govt to close beaches along Konkan coast to public for two days

    In view of Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea, coupled with high tide on Wednesday and Thursday, all beaches in the Kokan region, including in Palgahar,Thane, Mumbai (city and suburbs), Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, may be closed to the public immediately for next two days, the Maharashtra government said, according toANI.
















  • 14:56(IST)

    Fani-hit Odisha offers help to Gujarat

    The Odisha government on Wednesday offered all help to Gujarat, which has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions with Cyclone Vayu approaching.

    Gujarat Chief Secretary JN Singh had called his Odisha counterpart AP Padhi for advice on how to tackle the cyclonic storm. “The Gujarat chief secretary said they will seek help if required keeping the situation in mind,” Padhi told reporters.

    The Gujarat government is reportedly in constant touch with Odisha in view of the eastern state’s successful handling of similar calamities, such as cylones Fani and Titli.

    PTI
















  • 14:48(IST)

    Rahul Gandhi appeals to Congress workers to help

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appealed to all party workers to be prepared to help out in areas that get affected by Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat. “I pray for the security and well-being of all the people in the areas that will be affected by the cyclone,” Rahul tweeted.

    चक्रवात ‘वायु’ गुजरात तट के करीब पहुँचने वाला है। मै गुजरात के सभी कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ताओं से अपील करता हूं कि वे इसके रास्ते में आने वाले सभी क्षेत्रों में मदद के लिए तैयार रहे। मै चक्रवात से प्रभावित होने वाले क्षेत्रों के सभी लोगों की सुरक्षा और कल्याण के लिए प्रार्थना करता हूं।pic.twitter.com/ablBFPT6UF

    — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi)June 12, 2019
















  • Four airports shut down; all schools in Rajkot to be closed tomorrow

    Operations at the airports of Rajkot, Porbandar, Keshod and Jamnagar in Gujarat have been suspended in the wake of the approaching cyclone. Also, with the storm expected to make landfall on Thurday morning, all schools in Rajkot have declared a holiday.

    Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters
















  • 1.25 lakh people evacuated in Gujarat so far

    Nearly 3 lakh people will be evacuated from the coastal areas of Gujarat expected to be hit by Cyclone Vayu. Of the total, 1.25 lakh have alreadt been moved to safer areas and the remaining will be moved by 4 pm, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said. 

    The cyclone is expected to make landfall around 4 am on Thursday. Rupani warned that transportation services — buses, trains and flihgts — will all be hit.

    Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters
















  • HAM radio team waiting govt orders to collect ground information

    A HAM radio team in Rajkot is ready to move to Veraval, Porbandar, Dwarka and Bhuj to cover the cyclone, collect ground information and communicate it to the masses. The team is awaiting government orders.

    Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters
















  • 14:22(IST)

    Several trains cancelled due to Cyclone Vayu

    Western Railway has cancelled a number of trains in Gujarat in view of Cyclone Vayu. These are trains that covered Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar and Bhuj/Gandhidham. All train services have been suspended till Friday (14 June) morning.

    4. IMP Notice : Please note that in view of expected#VayuCyclonein Gujarat covering Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar and Bhuj/Gandhidham, all Passenger & M/Exp trains to these stations will be short terminated/cancelled after 18:00 hrs of 12/06/19 to morning of 14/06/19.pic.twitter.com/blsKcreWiV

    — Western Railway (@WesternRly)June 12, 2019
















  • 14:13(IST)

    Western Railway to run special evacuation trains

    Western Railway announced the operation of special 21-coach evacuation trains from Okha. The first train will leave at 5.45 pm today for Rajkot and the second will leave for Ahmedabad at 8.05 pm.

    7. IMP Notice: In view of#VayuCyclone, 1st evacuation special train will run ex Okha at 17.45 hrs today ie 12/06/19 for Rajkot. 2nd Evacuation special train will run ex Okha at 20.05 today (12/6/19) for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches.pic.twitter.com/cof6mvB2Xi

    — Western Railway (@WesternRly)June 12, 2019
















  • 14:10(IST)

    Flight operations cancelled in the wake of Cyclone Vayu

    Flight operations from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled,ANIreported.
















  • 14:08(IST)

    No live radar tracking of Cyclone Vayu

    Unlike the East Coast, which has an ample number of Cyclone Detection Radars installed — right from Chennai and Machilipatnam to Visakhapatnam and Kolkata —  radar coverage is poor on the West Coast. As a result, minute-by-minute tracking of Cyclone Vayu won’t be possible. Satellite images are one way to track the storm, but they come with a lag and are not real-time images, according toSkymet.
















  • 13:55(IST)

    Gujarat CM appeals for people’s cooperation during evacuation

    Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, who is “continuously monitoring the situation”, briefed the media on the precautionary measures taken and the state’s preparedness to deal with Cyclone Vayu. After reviewing Gujarat’s disaster preparedness ahead of the storm’s landfall, he said: “I hope people cooperate with the evacuation operations. As the cyclone is expected to make landfall at night, people should take it very seriously.”
















  • 13:49(IST)

    NDMA’s list of dos and don’ts

    The National Disaster Management Authority has listed out a number of dos and don’ts for before and after the cyclone.

    #CycloneVayuto hit#Gujaratcoast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Diu and Veraval on 13th Jun early morning as a very severe cyclonic storm with wund speed around 150 kmph gusting upto 170 kmph.pic.twitter.com/cqp0guzuBl

    — NDMA India (@ndmaindia)June 12, 2019
















  • 13:19(IST)

    Thunder, lightning warning in North Gujarat

    The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of thunderstorms and lightning accompanied with gusty wind at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat, including the regions of Banaskantha and Sabarkantha, on both Wednesday and Thursday.
















  • 13:06(IST)

    Cyclone Vayu 290 km west-southwest of Mumbai

    Vayu is now around 290 kilometres west-southwest of Mumbai. According to the IMD, it will move northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Diu, west of Veraval, with wind speeds between 145 kmph and 155 kmph, gusting up to 170 kmph, on Thursday morning.

    Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ is about 290 km west-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra). To move northwards & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar Diu around west of Veraval with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of 13th June 2019.pic.twitter.com/eN2Cx3vSPc

    — India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept)June 12, 2019
















  • 13:01(IST)

    The NewsYet –Cyclone Vayu to make landfall between Porbandar and Diu

    The direction of Cyclone Vayu has altered slightly. It is now 320 kilometres south of Veraval in Gujarat and is moving northwards. According to the IMD, the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ is likely to make landfall between Porbandar and Diu along the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning.
















  • 12:50(IST)

    Gujarat begins evacuation of nearly 2.91 lakh people from around 400 villages

    With Cyclone Vayu inching closer, the Gujarat government launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. The “very severe cyclonic storm” is currently around 340 km south of Gujarat’s Veraval coast.

    The state government said Cyclone Vayu is likely to affect the districts of Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said nearly 2.91 lakh people from around 400 villages of these 10 districts will be provided shelter in government buildings or those owned by various trusts and NGOs.

    PTI
















  • 12:42(IST)

    Cyclone Vayu expected to move west of Mumbai

    In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, Cyclone Vayu is expected to move west of Mumbai, around 260 kilometres away from the coast, according to Skymet. However, the movement of the storm is likely to increase the intensity of the rain and bring winds packing with a speed of up to 60 kmph.
















  • 12:40(IST)

    Coast guard allows 10 Chinese vessels to port at Ratnagiri

    Ten Chinese vessels have been allowed to stay at Ratnagiri port in Maharashtra on humanitarian grounds after they sought shelter to avoid being hit by the fury of Cyclone Vayu, the Indian Coast Guard said. The vessels will be provided shelter with a security cordon.

    Read more here
















  • 12:28(IST)

    Gujarat’s Kandla Port temporarily closed

    The Kandla Port in Kutch, Gujarat, has been temporarily closed in the wake of approaching Cyclone Vayu. NDRF teams are evcuating local residents to safer places, ANI reported.
















  • 12:14(IST)

    ‘Very windy conditions’ expected from afternoon, warns Mumbai Police

    Sanjay Barve, the Commissioner of Mumbai Police, has warned that Mumbai is likely to experience “very windy conditions” from afternoon and appealed to citizens to not “venture into sea” and keep keep a safe distance from the shoreline.

    In view of#CycloneVayuheading towards Gujarat coast, Mumbai is likely to experience very windy conditions from afternoon.
    Citizens shud not venture into sea & should keep safe distance from shore-line. Parking under weak/old trees be avoided. Take care Mumbai@DisasterMgmtBMC

    — CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice)June 12, 2019
















  • 11:55(IST)

    Villages in Valsad in coastal Gujarat on high alert

    Twenty villages in Gujarat’s Valsad district are on alert ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Vayu on Thursday morning. As many as 39 schools in villages near the coast in Valsad will remain closed,ANIreported.
















  • 11:35(IST)

    Indian Navy geared up to extend full help

    “The Western Naval Command in Mumbai fully geared up to respond expeditiously to the developing situation,” the Indian Navy said on Twitter. “Diving and rescue teams as well as relief material have been kept standby for rendering assistance to civil authorities, as required.”

    #CycloneVayuHQ, Western Naval Command, Mumbai fully geared up to respond expeditiously to developing situation. State Admin, local District authorities&@IndiaCoastGuardauthorities directed to caution fishermen against proceeding to sea view inclement weather 1/npic.twitter.com/y8hfNwN2Fn

    — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy)June 12, 2019
















  • 11:31(IST)

    Contrary to popular belief, the monsoon isn’t here — these are pre-monsoon showers

    As rains greeted Mumbai on Monday, several rejoiced stating that the monsoon season is finally here to give the city a break from the sweltering heat. However, unlike what several reports claimed, these were actually pre-monsoon showers. What’s the difference? Well, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has divided the Indian monsoon season into three parts.

    Click here to know more
















  • 11:27(IST)

    Windy Wednesday in Mumbai, neighbouring regions

    Mumbai and some of its neighbouring regions in coastal Maharashtra woke up to a windy Wednesday as Cyclone Vayu intensified into a “Very Severe Cyclonic

    Storm”. The weather department said the cyclone will hit the regions of Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat with winds blowing at a speed of 145​ kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning.

    NDRF teams have already reached Gujarat. With the help of the Indian Air Force, they are undertaking preventive evacuations along the the west coast in areas expected to be hit by the cyclone.
















  • 11:23(IST)

    The NewsYet –Amit Shah reviews preparations ahead of Cyclone Vayu landfall

    Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the preparations for Cyclone Vayu on Tuesday. The very severe cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall in Gujarat on Thursday. Shah has directed officials to take all possible measures to ensure people’s safety. 

    Units of the Indian Coast Guard, navy, army and air force are on standby to pitch in to help if required. Helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance before the cyclone makes landfall.

    PTI
















  • 11:06(IST)

    The NewsYet –Cyclone Vayu to have little to no effect on Mumbai, says weather expert

    Bishwombhar Singh, director in-charge, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Mumbai told ANIthat the Cyclone Vayu will not have much effect on Mumbai. The city will probably receive light rain and witness some increase in wind speed which may just cool down the temperatures further. 
















  • 10:58(IST)

    NDRF team reaches Jamnagar in Gujarat, to remain on standby for HADR operation

    IAF airlifted a team of National Disaster Response Force and dropped them at Jamnagar in Gujarar. The NDRF personnel will cary out Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations as the state prepares for the onset of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Vayu

    #CycloneVayu: IAF C-17 aircraft lands at Jamnagar with NDRF team. The NDRF team will carry out#HADRmissions in Gujarat, for the people affected by Cyclone Vayu.#savinglivespic.twitter.com/3E0YjsVzeW

    — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC)June 11, 2019
















  • 10:42(IST)

    The NewsYet –Cyclone Vayu unlikely to be as destructive as Fani

    Cyclone Vayu, which continues to gather strength from warm ocean waters, is expected to peak on 13 June, Thursday with wind speeds of over 135 kmph over waters of the Arabian sea. However, it is still going to be less intense than the previous Cyclone Fani which killed at least 89 people in eastern India and Bangladesh and caused damages worth of Rs 9,000 crore in Odisha alone. 

    Since it is much closer to the Indian coast than the African/Arabian coast, it is going to drift northward because of steering winds.
















  • 10:23(IST)

    The NewsYet –Tourists visiting Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan, Kutch advised to move to safer places by today

    Kutch:#CycloneVayuis expected to make a landfall in#Gujarattomorrow morning. Tourists visiting Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan, Kutch, have been advised to leave for safer places after the afternoon of 12 Junepic.twitter.com/9zPSoZFJZ2

    — ANI (@ANI)June 12, 2019
















  • 10:14(IST)

    Saurashtra, Kutch likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall

    As per IMD officials, Cyclone Vayu is expected to head to the Saurashtra region by late evening on 12 June. The western parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rains between 12 and 14 June. 
















  • 09:40(IST)

    The NewsYet –Cyclone Vayu reaches 340 km south of Veraval in Gujarat; likely to make landfall tomorrow morning 

    Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, Vayu is about 340 kilometres nearly south of Veraval in Gujarat. It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm in morning of 13 June 2019.
















  • 09:23(IST)

    Cyclone Vayu may further delay monsoon 

    IMD warned the cyclone could further delay the progress of the annual monsoon rains over the rest of India, as the storm was drawing rain clouds from over the sea. 

    As the cyclone draws away the moisture, it hamper the progress of monsoon till 15-16 June. The arrival of the monsoons on the southern coast of Kerala was already about a week late this year.  
















  • 09:19(IST)

    The NewsYet –Gujarat prepares to evacuate over 3 lakh people as cyclonic storm nears west coast

    Indian authorities are preparing to evacuate 3,00000 people along the western coast as a severe cyclone is expected to make landfall on Thursday morning in the state of Gujarat.

    Storm Vayu, which formed in the Arabian Sea, is likely to cross the Gujarat coast with gust speeds as high as 135 kilometre per hour (84 mph), the India Meteorological Department said in a statement.

Cyclone Vayu Latest Updates:The Ministry of Home Affairs held a high-level meeting with Gujarat officials on Cyclone Vayu. The meeting was headed by the home secretary. Gujarat chief secretary and Diu advisor were present via video conferencing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Gujarat due to Cyclone Vayu. “NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance,” he tweeted.

He said he was “praying for the safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu”. “The government and local agencies are providing real-team information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow,” Modi tweeted.

In view of Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea, coupled with high tide on Wednesday and Thursday, all beaches in the Kokan region, including in Palgahar,Thane, Mumbai (city and suburbs), Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, may be closed to the public immediately for next two days, the Maharashtra government said, according to ANI.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appealed to all party workers to be prepared to help out in areas that get affected by Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat. “I pray for the security and well-being of all the people in the areas that will be affected by the cyclone,” Rahul tweeted.

Flight operations from Ahmedabad airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar have been cancelled for tomorrow. Also, Western Railway will operated two special evacuation trains today.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, who is “continuously monitoring the situation”, briefed the media on the precautionary measures taken and the state’s preparedness to deal with Cyclone Vayu. After reviewing Gujarat’s disaster preparedness ahead of the storm’s landfall, he said: “I hope people cooperate with the evacuation operations. As the cyclone is expected to make landfall at night, people should take it very seriously.”

Cyclone Vayu is now around 290 kilometres west-southwest of Mumbai. According to the IMD, it will move northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Diu, west of Veraval, with wind speeds between 145 kmph and 155 kmph, gusting up to 170 kmph, on Thursday morning.

The direction of Cyclone Vayu has altered slightly. It is now 320 kilometres south of Veraval in Gujarat and is moving northwards. According to the IMD, the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ is likely to make landfall between Porbandar and Diu along the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning.

With Cyclone Vayu inching closer, the Gujarat government launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions. The “very severe cyclonic storm” is currently around 340 km south of Gujarat’s Veraval coast.

Sanjay Barve, the Commissioner of Mumbai Police, has warned that Mumbai is likely to experience “very windy conditions” from afternoon and appealed to citizens to not “venture into sea” and keep keep a safe distance from the shoreline.

The Western Naval Command in Mumbai is fully geared up to respond expeditiously to the developing situation, the Indian Navy said on Twitter, adding that diving and rescue teams are on standby and relief material have been kept ready.

Bishwombhar Singh, director in-charge, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Mumbai toldANIthat the Cyclone Vayu will not have much effect on Mumbai. The city will probably receive light rain and witness some increase in wind speed which may just cool down the temperatures further.

Cyclone Vayu is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat tomorrow morning. Tourists visiting Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan, Kutch, have been advised to leave for safer places after the afternoon of 12 June

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, Vayu is about 340 kilometres nearly south of Veraval in Gujarat. It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm in morning of 13 June 2019.

Indian authorities are preparing to evacuate 3,00000 people along the western coast as a severe cyclone is expected to make landfall on Thursday morning in the state of Gujarat.

Storm Vayu, which formed in the Arabian Sea, is likely to cross the Gujarat coast with gust speeds as high as 135 kilometre per hour (84 mph), the India Meteorological Department said in a statement.

It also warned the cyclone could further delay the progress of the annual monsoon rains over the rest of India, as the storm was drawing rain clouds from over the sea.

The arrival of the monsoons on the southern coast of Kerala was already about a week late this year.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters he had asked for help from the military and the National Disaster Response Force for rescue and relief work in cases the storm causes large scale disruption.

Gujarat is also home to large refineries and sea ports that lie near the storm’s path, officials said.

A spokesman for Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd said it was preparing to move employees at two ports it runs in the state to safer areas.

“Our Mundra and Tuna ports will be closest to the path. The disaster management plan has been put into action and all the necessary precautions are being put in place including evacuation of staff if the need arises,” the spokesman said.

India’s biggest oil refinery, owned by Reliance Industries, is also based in Gujarat.

A Reliance executive said the cyclone is expected to weaken by the time it reaches the Jamnagar-based refinery.

“But in case the course changes or intensifies, the refinery is ready for any contingency,” the executive said, declining to be named because he was not authorised to speak to journalists.

Nayara Energy, which is controlled by Russia’s Rosneft and also operates a refinery near Reliance’s unit, said it was monitoring the situation and taking precautionary measures.

In May, Cyclone Fani killed at least 34 people on India’s eastern coast, destroying houses and ripping off roofs.

Two decades ago, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 people.

The government plans to start moving some 300,000 people from the most vulnerable areas from Wednesday morning into shelters. Home Minister Amit Shah asked officials to ensure any power, telecommunications and drinking water supplies affected by the cyclone are restored as soon as possible afterwards.

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 16:38:57 IST

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