India: Thousands evacuated as Cyclone Vayu set to hit GujaratJune 13, 2019 at 13:48 (GMT) · Published
Around 300,000 people were reportedly evacuated in the wider area of the city of Dwarka, in Gujarat on Thursday, as Cyclone Vayu is set to hit the region in what is the second major storm of the season.
Footage shows evacuation crews visiting houses and rounding women and children before evacuating them on board buses and trucks. According to reports, around 700 shelters were set up for the occasion.
Storms have already knocked down trees and caused significant damage, while the entire Gujarat coast is reported to be on high alert since Wednesday. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the 'severe' cyclonic storm will change the docking at Gujarat’s coast, as it has moved towards the sea.
Cyclone Vayu comes a month after Cyclone Fani devastated India’s eastern coast on the Bay of Bengal, leaving almost 50 dead in India and Bangladesh.