The federal home minister, Amit Shah, also urged officials to ensure swift restoration of utilities such as power, telecoms and drinking water if they are disrupted by the cyclone.
Fishermen move a fishing boat to a safer place along the shore ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Vayu.
A deep depression formed over the Arabian Sea on Monday afternoon is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rain in parts of Kerala, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Konkan region, Goa and the Lakshadweep islands on June 13 morning, the India Meteorological Department said Tuesday.
The Gujarat government is in constant touch with Odisha in view of the eastern State's successful handing of similar calamities like Cyclone Fani in May this year and Cyclone Titli last year, officials said.
The Indian National Disaster Management Authority has also issued a latest update regarding the cyclone. Normally, a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall.
He said that state transport services will be asked to help the tourists to move to safer places. A defence release said the Army has allotted 24 columns on standby and is ready to carry out any rescue and relief operations.
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In addition, the Coast Guard, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Border Security Force had all been put on high alert.
The local administration has declared emergency in Thatta district on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Usman Tanvir, a district official said in a statement.
It also advised timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.
Around 300,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas in India as Cyclone Vayu approached, according to reports. "Considering the alertness for Cyclone Vayu over Gujarat, the Western Railway has made a decision to fully cancel operation of 70 mainline trains, while 28 other mainline trains will be short terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure in the cyclone prone areas".
Jamnagar, Somnath, Porbander, Dwarka and Nailiya in Kutch are likely to be impacted the most, and could even herald pre-monsoons rain across Gujarat.
As a precautionary measure, the Indian Railways has announced that all the trains for this region have been either short-terminated or cancelled for two days, starting 6 pm Wednesday.