Cyclone Biparjoy: Landfall Location, Expected Damages, Preparations, and Timings
Cyclone Biparjoy is set to make landfall in various regions of India and Pakistan by the end of this week. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an 'Orange' alert for the Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat, warning of extensive damage. In response, both countries have undertaken preventive measures to minimize the impact of this severe cyclonic storm. Let's delve into the details of Cyclone Biparjoy, including its landfall location, expected damages, preparations, and timing.
Landfall Location and Impact:
Cyclone Biparjoy is projected to make landfall between Mandvi in Gujarat, India, and Karachi in Pakistan. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts wind speeds of 125-135 kmph, gusting up to 150 kmph during the landfall. The IMD Director General, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, emphasized the storm's extensive damaging potential, with Dwarka, Jamnagar, Kutch, and
Morbi districts in Gujarat experiencing the strongest winds.
Regions Affected by Cyclone Biparjoy:
Reports suggest that eight districts of Gujarat are expected to be impacted by Cyclone Biparjoy. The weather department predicts extremely heavy rainfall (over 20 cm) for Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Jamnagar on June 15. Additionally, Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi, and Junagarh may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch are also at risk of tidal waves up to six meters high, prompting evacuation measures to safeguard vulnerable communities.
The IMD chief and weather.com have both highlighted the potential damages caused by Cyclone Biparjoy. Kutcha houses are likely to suffer extensive damage, while pucca houses may also experience some structural harm. The high-speed winds accompanying the cyclone pose a threat of flying objects, making it crucial
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residents to remain alert. Power and communication poles are expected to be uprooted, further exacerbating the situation. Farmers should brace for potential damage to crops, plantations, orchards, and the falling of trees.
Preparations for Cyclone Biparjoy:
Authorities in both India and Pakistan are taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy. The following preparations have been undertaken:
1. Evacuation: In Gujarat, approximately 20,580 people from coastal districts have been shifted to relief camps, where they will receive essential supplies such as food and drinking water.
2. School Holidays and Fishing Operations: The administration has declared holidays in schools as a precautionary measure. Fishing operations in the affected areas have also been suspended to prevent accidents at sea.
3. Disaster Response Forces: Gujarat has deployed 21 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
13 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) for rescue operations. These teams are well-trained and equipped to provide assistance during emergencies.
4. Additional Evacuations: Authorities have evacuated people from low-lying areas within a 5-kilometer radius from the coast. They stand ready to evacuate more individuals if the need arises.
As Cyclone Biparjoy approaches, it is crucial to stay updated with the latest information and follow the instructions of local authorities. The projected landfall location between Mandvi in Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan, along with the accompanying strong winds and heavy rainfall, poses a significant threat to the affected regions. With preparations in place, including evacuations, deployment of disaster response forces, and suspension of fishing operations, the focus is on minimizing potential damages and ensuring the safety of the communities at risk.