'Phet' intensifies, but remains stationary

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Ahmedabad: 
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Tropical cyclone'Phet' in the Arabian Sea intensified further, however, the storm remained stationary during theday about 1050 km southwest of Naliya in Kutch even as some parts of Gujaratreceived rainfall, IMD officials said.

 

Medium to lightrainfall was recorded in many parts of the coastal districts of the stateincluding Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Surat and others likeRajkot, Ahmedabad and Vadodara, they said.

 

"The currentenvironmental condition and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models suggestthat the system would intensify further and move slowly in anorth-northwesterly/ northerly direction in the next 24 hours, close to Omancoast and then re-curve northeastwards towards Pakistan and adjoining Gujaratcoast, skirting Oman coast," an IMD official said.


Fishermen have beenadvised not to venture into the sea and 'Distant Ports Warning 2' has beenhoisted at all ports in the state, the official said.


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Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting to access administration's preparedness in case the cyclonic storm hits the state, officials said. (Read: Cyclone threat for Gujarat, Modi reviews preparations)

"Eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the coastal districts of the state along with five companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP)," Relief Commissioner Poonamchandra Parmar said.


"All communication lines are on and districts have been provided with satellite phones so that there is no loss of communication in case of emergency," he said.

Parmar said sarpanch (village heads) have been intimated about the steps to be taken in case of cyclone.

Of the eight teams deployed by NDRF, two each are stationed in Rajkot, Kutch and Jamnagar and one each in Junagadh and Porbander," NDRF deputy commandant S K Pradhan said.

He said the NDRF team is carrying inflatable rubber boats, gas cutters, ropes, life jackets and other modern equipment required during rescue operations.

The weather department has forecast that under the influence of 'Phet', fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over coastal areas of Gujarat from June 4 and would increase thereafter.



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