Due to Cyclone Biparjoy, heavy rains have been expected in many parts of Gujarat
New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Biparjoy will hit the coast of Gujarat in a short time. Strong winds have started blowing at a speed of 100 kmph on the coast. Every effort is being made by the Government of India to prevent damage from the storm. All agencies including the Indian Army, NDRF have been deployed. Central government ministers are personally monitoring the situation. Home Minister Amit Shah has cancelled his visit to Telangana.
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At present, cyclonic storm Biparjoy is about 85 km from the Gujarat coast. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it will cross the Pakistani coasts between Saurashtra and Mandvi and Karachi near Kutch and Jakhau port.
Classified as a Category 3 "very severe cyclonic storm", Biparjoy is likely to reach a maximum wind speed of 115-125 kmph. The wind speed is likely to increase in the afternoon.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupender Patel today chaired a meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar to review preparedness to deal with the cyclone.
Apart from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), personnel of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Border Security Force (BSF) have been geared up for relief and rescue work. The Army has deployed 27 relief columns at forward locations in Bhuj, Jamnagar, Gandhidham as well as Naliya, Dwarka and Mandvi. The IAF has kept one helicopter each on standby in Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The Navy has deployed 10-15 teams each in Okha, Porbandar and Bakasur for rescue and relief operations, each comprising five divers and good swimmers.
The IMD said low-lying areas in the affected districts are likely to be flooded due to storm surges of about two-three metres high from astronomical tides in the sea during the cyclone's landfall. According to the department, waves of three to six meters high may rise in some places.
Apart from Saurashtra-Kutch, other districts of Gujarat are also likely to receive light rain with wind speeds of up to 40 kmph, IMD officials said.
Nearly 67,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Pakistan's southern Sindh province ahead of cyclone Biparjoy making landfall in the country's coastal areas on Thursday, officials said. Due to the impact of the cyclone, there is a possibility of heavy rains and floods in many cities and preparations are being made to deal with it. The army has been called in Pakistan for help.
IMD Director General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the impact of the cyclone will not be significant in Mumbai due to its long distance from Mumbai. Its impact will be more in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Heavy rains are expected in Rajasthan on June 16-17 and the wind speed is expected to be 50-60 kmph.
The Defence Ministry has said that all armed forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Indian Coast Guard, have made necessary preparations to provide assistance to the local people of Gujarat.
Many parts of Gujarat are receiving heavy rains. The Meteorological Department has also warned of heavy rains. Flood-like situation is likely to arise in some parts.