South Gujarat and the coastal areas of the state heaved a sigh of relief as Cyclone Nisarga changed directions and made landfall near the Maharashtra coast. But the coastal districts, particularly South Gujarat will experience strong winds of 70 to 80 km per hour and heavy rains due to the cyclone.
Surat Collector Dr Dhaval Patel has said that strong winds will lash the city and coastal areas of the district and has also evacuated those living close to the sea and in weak houses. The administration has also advised citizens not to go out or stand under a tree and to ensure that doors and windows are closed and secure.
Due to the cyclone, the popular beaches in South Gujarat like Tithal, Dumas and Suvalena have been closed down. Hoardings have been removed and trees have been trimmed to avoid any untoward incidents.
Several teams of NDRF have also be stationed in Surat
Earlier those residing within 3 km of the sea shore had been evacuated. In all 1,673 people were evacuated to 21 shelters in Surat.
The DGVCL company has also alerted its main and sub control rooms to be ready for any eventuality due to the strong winds and have also ensured a stand by team to help restore electricity quickly in case it is lost.