Ahmedabad: Cyclone 'Maha' is anticipated to weaken as a cyclonic storm from the severe cyclonic storm before its anticipated landfall on the Gujarat coast between Devbhumi-Dwarka district and Union Territory of Diu with in the early hours of 7 November, Met officials said on Monday.
The state government has requisitioned fifteen additional teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) where as Naval units are also put on standby.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday held a review meeting of current arrangements while Union Cabinet Secretary checked out of administrative preparedness through a video conference, they said.
Meteorological Centre officials said the cyclone 'Maha' would weaken into a cyclonic storm before it hits the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and adjacent Union Territory of Diu in the early hours of Thursday.
Earlier, it had been predicted that 'Maha' would hit the coast as a severe cyclonic storm.
Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar told correspondents in Gandhinagar that fifteen extra group of the NDRF are requisitioned and will be deployed along the coastal belt for relief and rescue work.
"Fifteen teams of the NDRF are already in Gujarat. Extra 15 teams would reach the state soon. We have also started deploying State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams in the districts. Out of the 12,600 fishing boats which had ventured into the sea, only six hundred are left to return. We are making efforts to bring them back as sea condition would be rough in the coming days," Kumar said.
Earlier with in the day, Cabinet Secretary checked out the administrative preparedness in Gujarat through a video conference.
Separately, the chief minister, his deputy Nitin Patel and state chief secretary J N Singh held a review meeting with officers.
"We are keeping a close watch on low-lying areas, salt pans and thatched houses situated along the coast," said Pankaj Kumar.
Meanwhile, MeT Centre Director Jayanta Sarkar said Maha, classified as the "extremely severe cyclonic storm", is presently centred over the Arabian sea around 650 kms faraway from Porbandar and 730 kms away from the UT of Diu.
"According to the latest analysis, it would take a re-curve from tomorrow and start moving towards Gujarat coast. However, it will weaken rapidly while coming towards the coast. It will cross the Gujarat coast as a cyclonic storm on Thursday, and not as a severe cyclonic storm anticipated before," he said.
The speed of wind is expected to remain between eighty to ninety kms per hour and not hundred to one hundred ten kmph.
The cyclonic storm can bring widespread rains in most parts of Gujarat while some places would receive heavy downpour on wednesday and thursday.
MeT Centre Deputy Director Manorama said 'Maha' would harm thatched houses, trees and roads on the coast.
"The entire coastal belt from Porbandar in Saurashtra till Surat and Bharuch district of south Gujarat will be affected by the cyclonic storm," she included
Extreme climatic conditions are also likely to prevail in Amreli, Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad and Rajkot districts.
State Agriculture Minister R C Faldu said district authorities were guided about the steps to be taken in the wake of the possible impact by Maha.
"Ministers would bealloted different districts and they will leave for those districts by Monday evening to oversee the relief operations," he said.
In the mean time, in Surat city, municipal authorities have started removing hoardings as part of precautionary measures. Residents were also asked not to go close to Dumas beach or visit areas near the Tapi river.
Devbhumi-Dwarka district Collector N K Meena held a meeting of top officials and instruct them not to leave their assigned places.
Similar exercise was also conducted by authorities of different districts.
"Naval units in Gujarat are on standby to render help sought by civil authorities in anticipation of the cyclonic storm Maha making landfall on the state coast," a defence release stated.
"The Western Naval Command has additionally kept 4 ships of the Western Fleet loaded with HADR material ready to render assistance as and when required. The Naval authorities in Gujarat are in constant liaison with civil authorities in accordance with SOPs to ensure seamless coordination," it added.