16 Jun 2023

Biparjoy: Strong Winds Batter Gujarat, 2 Dead; Torrential Rains Lash Coastal Areas; Rescue Workers Wait For Cyclone To Pass

Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall near Jakhau Port in Gujarat on Thursday evening with a wind speed of 115-125 kmph gusting to 140 kmph. Heavy rains lashed the coastal region, where several areas plunged into darkness due to power failure and a large number of trees, electric poles and hoardings were uprooted.

Due to the storm, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rain on Saurashtra-Kutch coast on Friday. Due to this, it has been decided to keep all the temples including Somnath, Dwarka closed for the visitors till tomorrow. All schools and colleges in these areas have also been closed for the next three days. Rescue workers are waiting for the cyclone to pass so that they can begin rehabilitation work.

Biparjoy is moving towards Rajasthan 

Cyclone Biparjoy is moving towards Rajasthan passing through 940 villages of Gujarat. Under its effect, there will be heavy rains in Patan and Banaskantha of southern Rajasthan on Friday. The storm touched the border of Pakistan from Kutch.

Biparjoy storm hit Gujarat's Kutch-Saurashtra at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening. Its landfall process was completed by midnight. During this, winds were blowing at a speed of 125 to 140 kilometers per hour. Later the wind speed reduced to 108 kmph. It has rained up to 12.5 cm in Bhuj. Electricity has been switched off in Dwarka and Bhuj.

Gujarat's Relief Commissioner Alok Pandey told that the administration will visit the affected areas on Friday. After that the actual information about the loss will be received. According to the inputs that have come so far, 22 people have been injured. 23 animals have died, while 524 trees have fallen.

Father and son died while trying to save their goats in Bhavnagar

A cattle-rearer duo of father and son died while trying to save their goats stuck in a flooded ravine in Bhavnagar district. Several parts of the state, including Bhavnagar, received considerable rain as the cyclone made landfall.

No cyclone-related death was reported otherwise in the state. In Kutch district, which was the worst-affected region, there were no reports of deaths.

15 ships and 7 aircraft kept ready

More than 94 thousand people were rescued from the coastal areas. The Coast Guard had kept 15 ships and 7 aircraft ready. 27 teams of NDRF were also deployed.

PM Modi spoke to Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel and inquired about the situation. After this, Patel had also reached the State Control Room.

Significant damage to infrastructure feared

Thousands of rescue workers, essential services staff and military personnel waited late on Thursday for the storm to pass so in order to begin rehabilitation work, as experts and officials feared significant damage to infrastructure after cyclone Biparjoy battered Kutch and Saurashtra with winds as strong as 140k/hr.

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