More than 17,000 people living near the coastal areas in Gujarat have been evacuated by authorities in view of the approaching tropical cyclone Nilofar which, however, has gradually weakened and is expected to hit the state merely as a "depression".
Taking precautionary measures ahead of Cyclone Nilofar, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Thursday deployed its four ships at Porbandar coast to search and rescue fishing boats sailing along the Gujarat coast and to place them at the nearest safe harbours.
An estimated 30,000 people along coastal areas will be moved to safer places in Kutch district of Gujarat from Wednesday as the very severe cyclonic storm Nilofar hurtles towards the state and slams it by November 1 afternoon.
The Centre on Monday reviwed the preparedness of relief and rescue measures taken by Gujarat and offered all full help to the state in the wake of impending cyclonic storm Nilofar, which will make its landfall on Friday.
Cyclone Hudhud pounded the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday leaving six people dead and a trail of devastation with Visakhapatnam where the very severe storm made landfall bearing the brunt.
Responding to cyclone Hudhud, the armed forces on Sunday repositioned their resources to assist the civil administration to launch rescue and relief operations in the affected regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
The Andhra Pradesh government has set up control rooms at state and district levels and also a toll free number to provide information about cyclonic storm `Hudhud`, which will hit the state coast Sunday near Visakhapatnam.
The Odisha government on Thursday stepped up preparation to face the cyclone and any possible floods thereafter even as the weather office said the severe cyclonic storm would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Vishakhapatanam by forenoon of Sunday.
As the cyclonic storm approaches the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast and makes landfall on Sunday, the state government on Wednesday set a "zero casualty" target, making preparation on par with that made to deal with Cyclone Phailin last year.
A deep depression over the Arabian Sea intensified into a cyclonic storm `Nanauk` that lay about 660 kms southwest of Mumbai early this morning and was heading for the Oman coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.