Gujarat seeks Odisha’s help in cyclone ‘Vayu’ preparedness
Bhubaneswar: As Gujarat braces for Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Vayu’, Gojarat Government has sought the help of Odisha in preparedness ahead of the calamity.
Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh said the Odisha Government with Central help had done a commendable job during Cyclone ‘Fani’. “I will talk to Odisha Chief Secretary about his experience and what could be implemented in case the need arises here in Gujarat. We will take useful inputs from them,” he said.
Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has assured his Gujarat counterpart of all possible help. “Discussion was held over evacuation procedures and our experience during cyclones Fani and Titli,” Padhi said.
‘Vayu’ is likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of June 13.
Odisha Government had earned praise in tackling ‘Fani’ for large-scale evacuation ahead of the storm and restoration and rehabilitation works after the cyclone.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said on Tuesday that his State officials are in constant touch with the Odisha Government to learn and implement the disaster management techniques adopted during cyclone Fani that hit coast of Odisha on May 3. Gujarat Government had extended its helping hand to Odisha Government by donating Rs 5 crore in its efforts to restore and rebuild the State here in the aftermath of extremely severe Cyclone Fani.