At 13:00 local time, the Indian Meteorological department reported that the storm was some 500 km south of the coast of Gujarat, moving towards the areas still highly vulnerable from the recent earthquake.
According to the latest release by local authorities, the army had been placed on alert, while some of the local population has been moved away to lower risk areas. All major ports are closed.
A cyclone alert has been also declared in Pakistan.
ACT members in India are on a stand-by and ready to move into the area at a short notice. They are closely monitoring the situation and providing the first-hand information. Initial contingency planning is being done with emphasis on food, drinking water and temporary shelter.
Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.
Thank you for your attention.
For further information please contact:
ACT Co-ordinator, Thor-Arne Prois (phone
++41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 203 6055) or
ACT Appeals Officer, Elsa Moreno (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 608 8133)
ACT Web Site address: http://www.act-intl.org
ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response.
The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.