As per India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin on Sunday, Cyclone Kyarr lays about 540 km west-southwest of Mumbai and 1500 km east of Salalah (Oman). It is very likely to further intensify into a Super Cyclonic Storm during the next few hours and likely to move west-northwestwards towards Oman coast during next five days.
With Cyclonic storm Kyarr hovering over the Arabian Sea, parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra are likely to receive light to moderate rains and thundershower over the next four days, IMD said on Saturday. The department said the sea will become "rough to very rough" along and off the south Gujarat coast during the next 24 hours until Sunday afternoon. The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into south Gujarat coast for the period due to the prevailing sea condition.
As the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) geared up to face Cyclone Kyarr, the ICG in a press release on October 26 said that it had rescued around 19 stranded fishermen so far and escorted more than 2100 fishing boats to safety at various ports in the West Coast. The Coast Guard has already positioned 4 of its Dornier aircraft at the Coast Guard Air and deployed 10 ships and 2 Chetak helicopters which to carry out necessary Search and Rescue Operations (SAR).
In a press release by the Indian Coastal Guard, it stated that the ICG has been issuing weather warnings since October 18 to all stakeholders and fishermen requesting them to refrain from proceeding to sea and recall the one already at sea. It also stated that ICG Ships, aircraft, MRCCs and ROS broadcasted messages to all seafarers in vernacular languages also to apprise them of the cyclonic weather and advised them to return harbour whereas Fisheries authorities, Coastal Security Group, Marine Police and other stakeholders had been in close coordination with the Coast Guard to help the stranded fishing boats return to safety.
#Kyarr In another daring operation #ICG ship Amartya braving inclement weather and rough seas rescued 09 fishermen from stranded #fishingboat MA Maheel near Devgadgudda today evening.@DefenceMinIndia @shripadynaik @SpokespersonMoD @CMofKarnataka @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/6aEpf86q0f— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) October 26, 2019
(With PTI inputs)