Gujrat Seeks Odisha Advise

As cyclone 'Vayu' advances towards the Gujarat coast, Odisha Government offered all help to the western state, which has launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh called up his Odisha counterpart A P Padhi and sought Odisha's advice on how to tackle the cyclonic storm on war-footing, officials said Wednesday.
He said that the State Administration had begun moving about 300,000 people from the most vulnerable areas into shelters.

All the schools, colleges and anganwadis in the coastal districts would remain shut on June 12 and 13 as Odisha had taken similar exercise during FANI and other Storms.
"Gujarat Chief Secretary had called me up and discussed the measures to be taken ahead of the landfall. We have offered all kind of help to Gujarat. However, the Gujarat Chief Secretary has said that they will seek further help ifrequired keeping in view the situation," Mr.Padhi said Media Men here.
The Gujarat Government is in constant touch with the State Administration in view of the Eastern state's successful handing of similar calamities like Super Storm FANI in May this year and cyclone 'Titli’ in 2018,  officials said.
In both the cases, Odisha has been successful in reducing the human casualties due to proper handling of the situation. Odisha Government during cyclone 'FANI' had created a record by evacuating above 16 lakh people to safe place ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani near Puri on 3 May.
Meanwhile, Severe Cyclone Vayu has turned into a "very severe cyclonic storm" and it is likely to cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning, according to IMD.

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