12 Jun 2023

Cyclone Biparjoy Getting More Intense: Evacuation Of People From Gujarat Coastal Areas Begins; High Alert In Mumbai

Cyclone Biparjoy is getting more intense. The storm is currently 400 km away from Porbandar. It is expected to hit the coastal areas of Gujarat on June 14-15. During this, winds are expected to gust at a speed of 150 KMPH. Apart from this, Mumbai has also been kept on high alert.

Earlier the storm was moving towards Pakistan, but now it is moving towards Gujarat. By the afternoon of June 15, it will pass a distance of 50 km from Jakhau Port and 70 km from Naliya. During this, winds will gust at a speed of 125-135 kmph, which can reach up to 150 kmph.

Evacuation begins

With the change in the route of the storm, the SDRF team has started the work of evacuating people from the coastal areas of Gujarat.

Marine commandos deployed

Marine commandos have been deployed in Valsad as a precaution. Section 144 has been imposed in Kutch district. From today, holidays have been declared in all schools and colleges for three days. 

Due to the storm, there will be thunderstorms in Gujarat for the next four days. The maximum impact will be in Saurashtra-Kutch region. Due to this, there is a possibility of uprooting of trees, along with damage to poles of electricity and telephone lines.

Orange alert for 10 districts

The Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for 10 districts including Saurashtra, Kutch. Apart from this, Mumbai has also been kept on high alert. There is a possibility of thunderstorm and rain in Rajasthan on June 16.

In view of the situation of the storm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also holding an emergency meeting. Home Ministry, NDRF and Army officials are present in it.

Union Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting with Ministers of Disaster Management Department of States and Union Territories in Delhi on 13th June.

The storm is moving extremely slow with barely 5kmh and is unlikely to speed up, till it remains in the proximity of a sub-tropical ridge. It is expected to move very slowly before the landfall and hence increase the duration of inclement weather conditions.

Advisable to move vulnerable people to safe shelters: Skymet

Skymet Weather said that cyclones are known for inflicting last-minute changes in the track, timelines and intensity, it is advisable to move vulnerable people to safe shelters.

A deadly combination of blinding rain and whistling winds inflicts heavy damage. Precious assets of military airplanes need to be evacuated from Naliya to safer locations. In addition to the tidal waves accompanying the storm, astronomical tides will raise the bar further. 

Flooding and inundation of coastal belts come as a serious hazard to communication and connectivity. Utmost caution must be observed and safety measures completed in the available window till 14th June, said Skymet experts.

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