The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that Cyclone Vayu is very likely to move nearly northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region. The state has been put on alert following the IMD prediction.
As per the forecast, a severe cyclonic storm which with a wind speed of 110-120 km/h to 135 km/h is likely to occur during the early morning of 13th June 2019. The IMD last night predicted that a severe cyclonic storm is likely to hit Gujarat on June 12 night with a wind speed of 130-140 kilometres per hour.
The Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the deep depression over east-central and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep lays centred at about 320 km northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 680 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 840 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat).
With the warning of heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat, the state government has decided to deploy NDRF personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning. The government will also put the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on alert.
Meanwhile, two children were electrocuted as a severe thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy rains and lightning lashed Mumbai last night. The deceased were identified as Tushar Jha (12) and Rushabh Tiwari (11). The BMC Disaster Control cell said that both Tushar and Rushabh were electrocuted near their tenement in Poisar slums in Kandivali East.
Besides, rail, road and air traffic were also affected due to the downpour. All flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were suspended due to low visibility yesterday.