16 Jun 2023

Cyclone Biparjoy Leaves Trail Of Destruction On Gujarat Coast, 119 Teams Of Power Company Working To Restore Supply

Cyclonic storm Biparjoy left a trail of destruction in Sauarashtra-Kutch region. As per officials, at least 22 people were injured, while hundreds of trees have got uprooted due to strong winds, damaging the power supply in as many as 940 villages, and low-lying areas near the sea were flooded.

Relief Commissioner Alok Pandey said as many as 20 electricity poles have fallen and 524 trees have fallen over 900 villages of Kutch and Saurashtra.

He informed maximum of 23 trees have fallen in Dwarka and there is no casualty has been reported yet.

He added that a total of 23 animals have died due to Cyclonic storm Biparjoy.

Kutch region still reeling under fury of Biparjoy

The Kutch region is still reeling under the fury of Biparjoy as the gusty winds and rain continued on Friday morning, sweeping across this border district.

According to India Meteorological Department ( IMD) cyclone Biparjoy has weakened into a cyclonic storm and will further turn into a depression over south Rajasthan on Friday.

IMD Director Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, “Cyclone Biporjoy moved northeastwards and crossed the Saurashtra-Kutch adjoining Pakistan coast close to the Jakhau port, Gujarat. The category has changed from very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS) to severe cyclonic storm (SCS).”

958 feeders, 1255 electric poles and 40 Transformers damaged

Strong winds and rain from cyclone Biparjoy have caused a power failure in Gujarat's Jamnagar district. PGVCL (Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited) teams are in action mode on Friday to restore the issue.

Presently, 119 teams of PGVCL are working in the Jamnagar district. Due to strong winds, 958 feeders, 1255 electric poles and 40 TC (Current Transformers) have been damaged in the district.

LK Parmar, PGVCL Superintendent Engineer for Jamnagar pocket informed that more than 1200 electric poles fell in Jamnagar and more than 2700 poles have fallen in Devbhumi Dwarka. Currently, Devbhumi Dwarka is in a complete blackout.

"We have started an assessment to start the electricity line. 150 teams are working in Devbhumi Dwarka and Jamnagar," he added.

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