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Cyclone Vayu turned very severe ; will remain strong even after landfall

An alert has been sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned very severe and its impact is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall Thursday, officials said. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by. Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept standby as well. A general alert has been sounded across 10 district in Gujarat as wind speeds are likely to touch 170 km per hour, a Home Ministry official said. Vayu has turned into a very severe cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall -- between Porbandar and Union territory Diu, the official said. Normally a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall. Residents of some of the Gujarat districtshave been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelter ...

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