Cyclone Nilofar weakens

Cyclone Nilofar further has weakened and is expected to cross the Gujarat coast near Naliya between Friday night and early hours of Saturday as a marginal cyclonic storm that will pack winds gusting at 60-70 kmph. “Light to moderate rains will occur in Kutch and Saurashtra on Thursday while heavy and very heavy rains will occur at isolated places in this region on Saturday and Sunday ,“ said additional director of India Meteorological Department, Ahmeda bad, Manorama Mohanty .
Meanwhile, about 100 families living close to the coast in Jafrabad, Amreli district, were shifted to safer locations. Around 15,000 salt pan workers have left the Little Rann of Kutch. Large scale evacuation of people in Kutch is expected to start by Thursday .
State relief commissioner DN Pandey told media persons in Gandhinagar that the cyclone can still have considerable impact in coastal areas. All educational institutes have been asked to keep two days' holiday .
Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed at vulnerable locations. For the first time, the state has sought help from ISRO for close monitoring of areas near Naliya and Dayapar

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