Over 250000 people in India evacuated as Cyclone Vayu bears down

Cyclone Vayu unlikely to impact Kerala, yellow alert in a few districts

Cyclone Vayu unlikely to impact Kerala, yellow alert in a few districts

"The Ministry of Home Affairs is in continuous touch with the state governments and the Central agencies concerned", an official statement said. "The NDRF has pre-positioned 52 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc", Shah tweeted.

Karachi and other coastal areas of Sindh will face heat wave like weather conditions in the wake of likely landfall of tropical cyclone Vayu at India's Gujarat coast on Thursday, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from India's western Gujarat state ahead of a huge cyclone expected to make land with gusts of up to 170 kilometers an hour. P8I and IL aircraft have been kept ready to undertake search and rescue missions.

Schools and colleges in Gujarat state and Union Territory of Daman and Diu will remain closed until 13 June.

On Tuesday evening, the IMD issued orange warning which predicts the landfall and likely impact of a cyclone.

Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelter centres.

Meanwhile, home secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee where preparation for relief and rescue operations were discussed threadbare.

A total of ten columns of the Army each having a strength of about 70 persons - have been deployed in Jamnagar, Gir, Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Somnath, Morbi, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Amreli, while another 24 columns have been put on standby to carry out rescue and relief operations, a defence release said on June 11. Both the administrations have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from the low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.

In a release, the Western Railway said it has cancelled trains going towards Kutch and Saurashtra region for two days. The WR has also made a decision to run relief special trains.

"Special trains with six to 10 coaches each will be formed, to be kept in ready condition at the nearest safe location to be moved in emergency conditions", the release said.

IMD Ahmedabad Director Jayant Sarkar told reporters that the cyclone could now hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday afternoon, instead of early morning.