In view of the cyclonic formation, Vayu, in the Arabian Sea coupled with the high tide on June 12 and 13, all beaches in the Konkan region, viz. Palgahar, Thane, Mumbai (city/suburban), Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg may be shut off to the public immediately for the next two days.
This was notified by the Maharashtra Government on Wednesday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that Cyclone Vayu is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Diu around the west of Veraval (Gujarat) as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around the morning of 13 June 2019.
In view of the cyclone, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has declared June 13 and 14 as holidays for schools and colleges in 10 districts which are likely to be affected.
The CM has also cancelled the three-day Shala Praveshotsav (Welcoming to the school festival) from June 13-15 in the entire state.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday issued detailed advisories to Gujarat and Union Territory of Diu requesting them to take all precautionary measures with a view to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimized and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.
The governments have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.
39 NDRF teams are being pre-positioned in Gujarat and Diu for helping the governments in evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. In addition, 34 teams of Army are also put on standby.