The Indian Coast Guard units have been moved to several coastal regions in Gujarat and Diu owing to the impending landfall of the Cyclone Storm Vayu which is expected to hit the state on Thursday.
In the video above, a ship belonging to the Indian Coast Guard is seen patrolling Porbandar. The video seems to be captured from a helicopter. They are among the Forces stationed in the state ahead of the Vayu.
As per the latest update by the India Meteorological Department, very severe cyclonic storm is lying over east Central Arabian Sea, 280km nearly south of Veraval and 360km nearly south of Porbandar. Its movement is northwards. The cyclone is likely to make a landfall between Dwarka and Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm around 3pm on Thursday. The wind speed of cyclone is expected to be 155-165 kmph when it hits the cyclone; gusting to 180km. After making a landfall at the Gujarat Coast, it will move along and parallell to the Saurashtra-Kutch Coast and affect Amerli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Kutch and Dwarka
Several forces have been positioned in coastal Gujarat owing to the storm.
Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 rescue & relief teams along the coastal areas of Gujarat and Diu in the wake of anticipated cyclonic storm Vayu for rescue & relief operations. 36 teams have been pre-positioned at Kutch, Morbi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Valsad, Surat and Gandhi Nagar while 4 teams have been pre-positioned at Diu for a prompt response. The teams have relocated over 74,000 people from coastal areas of Morbi, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Jam Nagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot & Amreli districts of Gujarat
"47 NDRF teams are here to assist us. The Central government alongside the military and coast guard are providing complete assistance to us," Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said.