12 Jun 2023

Cyclone Biparjoy May Make Landfall Near Kutch On June 15; Gujarat On Alert; NDRF, SDRF Teams Deployed

Gujarat is bracing for extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy. The landfall is likely near Kutch on June 15.  

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Biparjoy currently persists over east-central Arabian Sea as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm. It is also at its peak strength as of Sunday evening, with wind speeds of 165-175 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph.

Gujarat govt deploys NDRF, SDRF

Biparjoy may make landfall between Kutch district and Pakistan's Karachi on June 15. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force are being deployed along the coastal areas and various departments including fisheries, health and agriculture have been asked to work in coordination.

The government will set up shelter houses in the six districts for those residing within a 5-10 km radius of the coastline who will be shifted to safer places.

Gujarat coastal areas to witness heavy rains

Parts of Gujarat i.e. particularly the coastal parts may see heavy rains as they will be in the strike range of the storm. Even the Kutch region is vulnerable to some intense weather activities. Interior regions of Gujarat will remain safe from intense weather. 

These dists will be impacted

Kutch, Jamnagar, Morbi, Gir Somnath, Porbandar, and Devbhumi Dwarka districts are likely to be impacted by the cyclone. These districts will experience heavy rainfall and very high wind speed during June 13-15 which may go up to 150 kmph.

Mumbai likely to witness strong gusty winds and isolated rains

With Cyclone Biparjoy now running directly parallel to Mumbai in the Arabian Sea, its impact on the city is getting more apparent. Mumbai has been experiencing windy conditions since the start of the weekend. It is likely to witness stronger gusts and isolated rains for the next one or two days.

In Mumbai, high tidal waves pounded the beaches. Mumbai’s urban and suburban regions will experience partly cloudy skies, isolated thundershowers and gusty winds for the next 24-48 hours.

Cyclone to help in progression of monsoon

Apart from the cyclone’s direct impact on Mumbai weather, it is also expected to aid the progression of southwest monsoon over parts of Coastal Maharashtra in the coming days, reports indicate.

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