Weakening into depression, VAYU to possibly move north-eastwards, crossing Gujarat by June 17 midnight

Getting operational amidst the high and low tide speculations of the Cyclone Vayu hitting Gujarat, the IMD today forenamed that it has weakened and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a depression. The Kutch district administration however is on alert as the cyclone can cause heavy rainfall in the region.

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“The cyclone over northeast Arabian Sea has recurved and moved north eastward with a speed of about 13 kmph in the last six hours and weakened into a deep depression”, the India Meteorological Department said in its latest bulletin.

“On Monday morning, the cyclone was centered about 260 km west-southwest of Naliya, 240 km west-southwest of Dwarka and 340 km west-southwest of Bhuj in Gujarat”, it added.

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“The system is very likely to weaken into a depression during the next six hours. It is very likely to move northeastwards and cross north Gujarat coast by midnight of June 17 as a depression,” the IMD said further adding that the sea would remain rough to very rough along and off the state coast.

“Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force and local authorities are meanwhile prepared to carry out relief and rescue operations whenever required”, Kutch Collector Remya Mohan said avoiding the the salt-pan workers to avoid venturing into the sea waters.

The cyclone was earlier predicted to make landfall in Gujarat on June 13. However, it later began to move away from the state, sparing the coastline of any possible damage. The IMD on Friday lately informed that the cyclone was likely to recurve and return to the coast in Kutch district as a weakened system.

COURTESY:- NEWS BHARATI

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