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News of the Day Cyclone Vayu: 2.5 lakh shifted in Gujarat ahead of landfall
- June 13, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
- Category: June 2019
News of the Day Cyclone Vayu : 2.5 lakh shifted in Gujarat ahead of landfall
With cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ inching closer to Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) classified it as a “very severe” storm and predicted wind speeds of up to 175 km per hour during landfall on the Saurashtra coast around noon on Thursday. An IMD update on Wednesday eveningsaid, “Vayu is about 280 km south of Veraval in Gujarat and likely to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval.” The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 teams along the coastal areas of Gujarat and the union territory of Diu ahead of the anticipated landfall on Thursday afternoon of the severe cyclonic storm Vayu. Apart from the NDRF, the government has also deployed the SDRF and other agencies while the Army, Air Force and the Navy have been put on standby for rescue operations along the coastal districts in Saurashtra. The Coast Guard has also deployed ships and aircraft to enable search and rescue operations.
National Crisis Management Committee review
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) where preparation for relief and rescue operations were discussed.
More than 2.5 lakh people have been relocated from the affected coastal areas to safer locations in more than 2000 shelters. “It is expected at present that the impact of cyclone will start being felt from the midnight on Wednesday. The intensity of the cyclone is seen increasing. As a precaution, the government is shifting the citizens so that we can achieve our aim of zero casualties. Food packets and medical aid is being provided,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said addressing the media on Wednesday. After making the landfall, the cyclone is likely to move along and parallel to the Saurashtra and Kutch coast, the India Meteorological Department has said. Ahead of the cyclone, the government has suspended flight operations in all airports in Saurashtra, cancelled or short terminated trains and also halted operations at the ports where signal 9 has been hoisted. “Thirty six teams have been pre-positioned/deployed at Kutch, Morbi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Valsad, Surat and Gandhinagar, while four teams have been pre-positioned at Diu for prompt response,” an NDRF release said.
“In addition, six teams each are being airlifted from Patna airport and INS Rajali to Gujarat. This will raise the number of teams to 52 — 47 in Gujarat and 5 in Diu for assisting the local administration” it added. All pilgrim places including Somnath, Dwarka and schools and colleges have been closed. 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.
5 CRPF jawans killed, 4 others injured in Anantnag terror attack, militant gunned down
Five CRPF personnel were killed and one police officer was among four injured in a militant attack on security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Wednesday afternoon. An unidentified militant was also killed. A senior police official said two militants attacked a joint deployment of the CRPF and the police. The militants, who came on a motorbike, fired at the security forces and lobbed grenades on a busy stretch near Oxford School on K.P. Road around 4.55 p.m. “Five CRPF jawans were killed and the body of one Pakistani militant was recovered from the spot. Another militant is believed to have escaped,” said Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S.P. Pani.
Another senior police official said one of the attackers was immediately spotted and “engaged in a stand-off fire”. “Subsequently, the attacker was killed. His identity is being ascertained,” he added. The five CRPF jawans of 116 Battalion, who were killed by the first volley of bullets were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Neeru Sharma, Constable Santinder Kumar, Constable M.K. Kushwa, ASI Ramesh Kumar and Constable Mahesh Kumar. Station House Officer, Anantnag, Arshad Ahmed was among three security personnel injured and shifted to hospitals in Srinagar. “Ahmad was hit by bullets in the chest and may be shifted outside J&K for specialised treatment. His condition remains critical,” said the police. One woman also suffered bullet wounds in the limbs, according to the Anantnag hospital. This is the first major attack by militants since the Pulwama attack on February 14. It comes just weeks ahead of the commencement of the Amarnath yatra on the same route. The Khanbal-Pahalgam road, which came under the attack on Wednesday, is the main approach road to the shrine in Pahalgam. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Al-Umar Mujahideen outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack.
Source – The Hindu