Cyclone Vayu could soak the 'Danger' signal in Saurashtra-Kutch, Gujarat.

AHMEDABAD/GANDHINAGAR/RAJKOT: Heavy rains are likely to hit parts of Saurashtra and Kutch from Wednesday onwards, due to a cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, according to the forecast of the Gujarat office of the Meteorological Department of India ( IM D). A deep depression has recently formed, said IMD officials. The state government called an emergency meeting to discuss preventive measures on Monday afternoon.

The income secretary, Pankaj Kumar, met with IMD officials and other interested parties. All departments have been told to make micro plans to combat adverse weather conditions. The government is closely observing the climate with the help of the department of Met and Isro. All ports have indicated that the Danger signal is activated. Tourists have been told not to venture near the seashore. Rescue and relief forces have been prepared for emergencies, said a statement from the state government.

and the districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka will probably be the most affected. Local administrations in both districts held emergency meetings to reduce the threat to human life.

The Porbandar district collector, Mukesh Pandya, told TOI: We have alerted all the departments involved. We recently met with officials from roads and buildings, ports, fisheries and health departments, in addition to Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) and the Coast Guard. We have identified vulnerable areas, where we will review the situation on Wednesday and evacuate people to safer places if necessary.

We will inform people through public announcements only on Wednesday, after reviewing the weather situation so that people do not panic. We are continuously monitoring the situation, said NK Meena, district collector of Devbhoomi Dwarka.

With high-speed winds and rough seas expected, fishermen have been told not to leave. All the fishermen have received instructions to return to port immediately. No new tokens will be issued. Those who are already at sea will be notified through wireless messages, says a notification issued by the director of additional fishing, Veraval. The Navsari and Surat district administrations also issued similar warnings, as the seas are likely to be very difficult.

According to a statement issued by the IMD, the deep depression will probably intensify further in a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and then in a severe cyclonic storm. The cyclonic storm is likely to move north-northwest in the next 72 hours. Wind speeds will probably be 80 to 100 km/h.

While the cyclone is unlikely to affect southern Gujarat, the three coastal districts of the region, Surat, Navsari and Valsad, have alerted coastal settlers and fishermen. The collector of the Navsari district, M D Modiya, said: People living in coastal areas should not venture near the sea. There are plans to move people to safer places if necessary. We have also opened emergency rooms 24 hours a day.

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