Cyclone Nilofar: Gujarat paces up precautionary measures, storm intensity to weaken
New Delhi/Gandhinagar, Oct 29 (IBNS): With Cyclone Nilofar likely to make landfall on Saturday, the state of Gujarat has paced up its precautionary measures.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 14 rescue and relief teams comprising more than 550 rescuers with boats and other flood rescue equipment as proactive measures to mitigate the situation during cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’ in Gujarat.
One team each is deployed at Somnath, Gandhidam, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Veeraval, Rajkot and Vadodara while two teams each have been deployed at Surat, Kutch and Bhuj.
In addition to the 14 NDRF teams, two more teams are deployed in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
Randeep Rana, DIG, NDRF is being sent to coordinate the NDRF operations with state authorities at Gandhinagar.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone its likely to weaken in its intensity before reaching the Gujarat coast.
"It would move north-northeastwards during next 12 hours and then northeastwards and cross north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast around Naliya bynight/early hours of . However, as the system would come closer to Gujarat coast, it would weaken and cross the coast as a marginal cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph," the IMD said in a statement .
However, under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places would commence along coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch with isolated heavy to very heavy falls from.
Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were recently ravaged by severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' which left at least 50 people dead.
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