NEW DELHI: The Navy has put its assets on standby and has initiated all efforts to react to any contingency in view of the situation developing due to Cyclone Vayu.
"Preparatory actions have been initiated by Headquarters, Western Naval Command, Mumbai to respond expeditiously to the developing situation in view of Cyclone Vayu," the Navy said in a statement Wednesday.
Indian Navy ships operating at sea and helicopters on routine sorties have been directed to inform fishing vessels operating at sea and advise them to return to harbour, it added.
Medical teams and facilities at Indian Naval Hospital Asvini at Mumbai are also on standby to handle medical emergencies.
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) bricks and relief material have been embarked on board nominated ships of the Command and are ready to be deployed at short notice.
Cyclones are rare in Arabian Sea, but can produce strong tropical cyclones. Super CS Gonu was the strongest tropical cyclone in the basin. Storms typically don't reach a high intensity in the Arabian Sea due to dry air coming from the desert of the Arabian Peninsula. #CycloneVayu pic.twitter.com/AehR5K6KL0— MoES GoI (@moesgoi) June 11, 2019
Indian Navy Diving and Rescue Teams and Relief Material have been kept on standby for rendering assistance to civil authorities, as required.
P8I and IL aircraft are on standby to undertake search and rescue missions as required.
In view of #CycloneVayu heading towards Gujarat coast, Mumbai is likely to experience very windy conditions from afternoon.— CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) June 12, 2019
Citizens shud not venture into sea & should keep safe distance from shore-line. Parking under weak/old trees be avoided. Take care Mumbai @DisasterMgmtBMC
State Administration, local District authorities and Indian Coast Guard authorities have been directed to caution fishermen against proceeding to sea and take all necessary precautions in view of inclement weather, said Navy
Headquarters, Offshore Defence and Advisory Group has also issued an advisory on cyclone 'Vayu' to all offshore platforms.