13 Jun 2023

PM Modi Holds Review Regarding Cyclone Storm Biparjoy; 5 Die In Gujarat, Maharashtra;; Orange Alert Issued For Coastal Districts

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a review meeting about the situation related to the extremely severe cyclone storm 'Biparjoy', likely to hit the Gujarat coast June 15.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, IMD Director General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, NDRF chief Atul Karwal, and other senior officials here.

Earlier, the India Meteorological Department had issued an "orange alert" for Saurashtra & Kutch Coasts in view of an extremely severe cyclonic storm.

So far five people have died in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Thunderstorms continue in the coastal areas of Gujarat and Mumbai, in which five people have been reported dead.

Of the five deaths in Gujarat and Maharashtra due to the storm, two were of children in Bhuj, on whom a wall collapsed, while a tree fell on a woman in Rajkot.

4 boys drown on Juhu Beach, bodies of two recovered

At the same time, four of the five boys who went for a walk on Juhu Beach in Mumbai drowned in the sea. The bodies of two of these have been recovered.

People are being evacuated to safer places from the storm-hit areas of Gujarat's coastal districts of Kutch, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Morbi.

So far 7500 people have been shifted. From today, a campaign will be launched to shift 23 thousand people.

At the same time, a runway at Mumbai airport had to be closed.

The movement of planes has been affected, many flights are flying late and some flights have to be canceled.

Very heavy rainfall warning

It also warned of "very heavy rainfall" and strong winds with a speed of 120 to 135 kmph gusting to 145 kmph from Thursday morning in the coastal areas of Saurashtra, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh and Morbi districts of Gujarat.

In view of the situation, the weather agency has issued LW 4 Signal at all the ports of Gujarat.

Regional Director of Meteorological Mohanti said, ' The impact of this possible storm is likely to be seen in 6 coastal districts and some other areas of the state mostly from June 14. '

Fishermen advised not to venture into sea, 1300 people shifted

Meanwhile, the fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the sea till June 15.

Officials in coastal Devbhumi Dwarka said around 1,300 people have been shifted to safer places so far in this regard.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel held a video conference with the districts from the State Emergency Operation Center and took stock of the situation.

Holidays declared for schools

In view of the situation the Gujarat government has also declared holidays for schools in coastal Kutch, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka and Junagadh districts in the state’s Saurashtra region as a precautionary measure.

Rains may occur in Gujarat, Rajasthan

According to Skymet Weather, the system is expected to cross land around June 15, and thereafter weaken. The weakened system will continue to move across Gujarat.

Moreover, the system is expected to travel across the state of Rajasthan, from south to north in a recurving manner after June 15. In fact, due to this, the state of Rajasthan is expected to see good rains between June 16 and 18.

The state of Gujarat however, will begin to see rains soon It will begin with the coastal areas of Mahuva, Porbandar, Okha, Diu, Somnath, Jamnagar, Dwarka etc. Bhuj, Mandvi, Naliya etc. will also see intense rains. .

Gujarat and Rajasthan usually see heat and some dust storm activities during the first half of June. Rains are far and few for the states, which is why these showers will be termed unseasonal rains. Nevertheless, due to these rains, temperatures will come down.

Biparjoy is the longest-lived storm in recent time

Biparjoy storm arose 6 days ago from the Arabian Sea. Its effect can last up to 10 days. It is by far the longest-lived storm in recent times. According to a study by IIT Madras, cyclonic storms over the Arabian Sea are becoming more frequent and severe under the influence of global warming. The duration of cyclones in the Arabian Sea has increased by 80% over the past four decades, while the frequency of very severe cyclones has increased by 260%.

The longer a cyclonic storm remains over the ocean, the more energy and moisture it is likely to store. This increases the likelihood of a storm becoming more dangerous and causing damage after hitting land.

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