Image: Courtesy - IMD
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Authorities in Gujarat prepare to cope with cyclone Nilofar

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, October 29, 2014

Authorities in the coastal districts of the Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat are taking steps to cope with cyclone Nilofar over westcentral Arabia Sea that is expected to weaken and cross the coast near Naliya by the forenoon of November 1.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 0830 hours today that the very severe cyclonic storm had moved nearly northward in the past 12 hours and lay centred at 0530 hours IST near latitude 18.2 0 N and longitude 62.00 E.
This was about 900 km southwest of Naliya in Kutch district of Gujarat, 910 km southwest of Karachi (Pakistan) and 420 km southeast of Masirah (Oman). 
"It would move north-northeastwards during next 12 hours and then northeastwards and cross north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast around Naliya by 01st November forenoon. However, as the system would come closer to Gujarat coast, it would weaken and cross the coast as a cyclonic storm," it said.
The bulletin said that, under the influence of this system, rainfall will commence at most places along the coastal districts in Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat from October 31 night onwards, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls.
Squally winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, would commence along and off the Gujarat coast from October 31 night and would become 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph at the time of landfall.
Sea conditions along and off Gujarat coast will be rough to very rough from October 31 night and would become high from the morning of November 1, it said.
The cyclone is expected to cause some damage to thatched roofs and huts and minor damage to power and communication lines due to uprooting of trees and breaking of tree branches.
The bulleitn advised fishermen out at sea along and off Gujarat coast to return to the coast. It called for total suspension of fishing operations. It said coastal hutment dwellers to be moved to safer places and people in the vulnerable areas should remain indoors around landfall time.
In Delhi, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) yesterday and reviewed the preparedness of central and state agencies to face any challenge arising out of the cyclone.
In a video conference with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials of Gujarat, he took stock of all the steps taken by the state government to deal with the cyclone, an official press release said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has alerted its battalions located at Vadodara in Gujarat, Pune in Maharashtra and Bhatinda in Punjab.
It said seven rescue and relief teams are pre-positioned at Gandhidam, Dwarka, Porbandar, Veeraval, Rajkot and two teams at Bhuj in Gujarat. 
NDRF teams are being deployed in vulnerable areas as proactive measures to mitigate the situation during cyclonic storm, it said.
Nine NDRF teams are on standby and awaiting deployment instructions. Boats with flood rescue equipment are being sent to meet any challenges which may arise due to the cyclone, it added.

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