Cyclone Biparjoy Approaches Rajasthan; IMD Issues Red Alert For Parts Of State
Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall at Gujarat's Jakhau Port on Thursday evening. Its effects will now reach southwestern part of Rajasthan. By Friday afternoon, the cyclone will enter Rajasthan as a depression and transform into a low-pressure area near Jodhpur on Saturday. Wind speeds of up to 70 km/h and the possibility of storms are anticipated.
Authorities have issued a 'red' alert for certain areas of Rajasthan, anticipating heavy to very heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday due to the approaching cyclone Biparjoy. The districts of Barmer and Jalore are under 'red' alert for Friday, while Jodhpur, Pali, and Nagaur are under 'red' alert for Saturday. Additionally, an 'orange' alert has been issued for Rajsamand on Friday and will come into effect for Jaipur, Ajmer, Tonk, and Nagaur on Saturday.
Cyclone Biparjoy weakened into cyclonic storm today
Cyclone BIPARJOY weakened into CS at 0830IST of today and lay near lat 23.4N and long 69.5E, about 30km WNW of Bhuj, likely to weaken further into a deep depression over Saurashtra & Kutch around evening of today: IMD
22 injured, 940 villages plunge into darkness as storm makes landfall in Gujarat
At least 22 people were injured, while electric poles and trees were uprooted as 'very severe' cyclonic storm Biparjoy made landfall in Gujarat's coastal areas on Thursday evening. In addition to this, 23 animals have also been killed and heavy rains coupled with gusty winds brought down over 524 trees and electric poles at various places in Gujarat, snapping the supply of power to around 940 villages.
Cyclone Biparjoy Live Updates: Western Railway Cancels Additional Trains As Precautionary Move
For the kind attention of passengers. The following trains of 16/06/2023 have been Fully Cancelled/Short-Originate by WR as a precautionary measure in the cyclone-prone areas over Western Railway: Officials
Mumbai: Gateway of India witnesses rough seas as an impact of Cyclone Biparjoy
As soon as the cyclone hit Gujarat, the first news of the death of 2 people in Bhavnagar came to light in the state. More than 20 cattle died after getting stuck in water. Incident near Varatej, Bhavnagar
"The IMD has predicted that it (Cyclone Biparjoy) will turn into a depression by 12 pm tomorrow (June 16), and its speed will decrease to less than 40 km/hour. There is a possibility of minimal damage," says NDRF IG Narendra Singh Bundela.
“Landfall process takes a few hours to be completed and may continue until midnight. The region where landfall will take place doesn’t have uniform coast, it’s more like a gulf so the landfall process will take time. The size of the total system is huge, about 300 km in radius, core wind area is 100 km in radius. It is a very severe cyclone and is expected to maintain the same intensity,” said Ananda Das, in charge of cyclones at IMD.
Cyclone Biparjoy is nearing western India and southern Pakistan after stirring in the Arabian Sea for over a week. Warm sea surface temperatures contributed to the cyclone’s unusually long lifespan.
"The landfall process has commenced in Saurashtra & Kutch. Upto midnight the landfall process will continue," says IMD
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"Indian army has deployed more than 27 relief columns across Gujarat and the forward locations of Mandvi, and Dwarka. Army personnel have jointly started relief operations with civil administration as well as NDRF teams," Wing Commander N Manish, Defence PRO & spokesperson, MoD of Gujarat, said.
More than 94,000 evacuated so far
More than 94,000 persons in eight coastal districts have been shifted to temporary shelters.
"Of 94,427 persons evacuated so far, 46,800 were evacuated in Kutch district, followed by 10,749 in Devbhumi Dwarka, 9,942 in Jamnagar, 9,243 in Morbi, 6,822 in Rajkot, 4,864 in Junagadh, 4,379 in Porbandar and 1,605 in Gir Somnath district," a state government release said.
15 teams of he National Disaster Response Force, 12 teams of the State Disaster Response Force as well as personnel of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Indian Coast Guard and Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed for relief and rescue operations.
Authorities bank on HAM radio for seamless communication
Cyclone Biparjoy threatens to cripple communication networks after landfall on the Gujarat coast which is why authorities have turned to HAM radio for smooth exchange of information. Learning from past experiences, Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) has deployed six HAM radio teams, two of them in Kutch, and mobile units for seamless communication after Biparjoy hits the shore near Jakhau port.
HAM radio is considered a reliable mode of messaging during emergencies when wirelines, mobile phones and other traditional terrestrial means of communication fail. Also known as amateur radio, HAM radio involves the use of radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial exchange of messages.
Cyclone Biparjoy is currently less than 150 km from the Gujarat coast. It will hit Saurashtra & Kutch between Mandvi and Karachi (Pakistan) near Jakhau Port between 4-8 PM, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
NDRF Director-General Atul Karwal's press conference on Cyclone Biparjoy preparedness thi
Coast Guard Official Says Cyclonic Storm Could Cause Tidal Wave Upto 6 Meters High
Cyclone Biparjoy is set to make landfall with wind speeds ranging from 120-150 kmph and the potential to generate tidal waves of 5-6 meters, the Coast Guard has announced. Inspector General Manish Pathak assured that preparations have been made, with 500 personnel, 23 disaster relief teams, 7 aircraft, and 6 helicopters ready to tackle the cyclone's aftermath.
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Massive waves lash Valsad seafront as cyclone 'Biparjoy' is expected to hit Gujarat coast in a few hours.
Cliff near Bhadkeshwar at Dwarka damaged by sea waves as Cyclone Biparjoy approaches Gujarat Coast
Large cliff near Bhadkeshwar damaged by sea waves and one side wall collapsed on road to Bhadkeshwar, Dwarka. Shacks at Rupen port damaged. Tower erected at TV station in Dwarka.
Intensity of rain to rise as Cyclone Biparjoy approaches Gujarat
IMD said that intensity of rain will increase as Cyclone Biparjoy approaches the coast with places in Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka and Jamnagar districts likely to witness extremely heavy rainfall.
Mumbai Police advises public to stay away from coastal areas
With 'Biparjoy' taking menacing proportions, developing into a severe cyclonic storm, huge waves are seen hitting the Mumbai coast. Mumbaikars are advised to take necessary precautions and safety measures, and avoid visiting coastal area amidst the cyclone alert in the region. Stay alert, stay safe: Mumbai Police said in a tweet.
Lifeguards deployed at Mumbai's Juhu beach as tidal waves hit the coast; entry of people to the beach banned due to cyclone Biparjoy
Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel holds a review meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar
Cyclone Biparjoy's speed has decreased; however it still is 'very severe' cyclonic storm: IMD
Maharashtra: Rough seas at Gateway of India as Cyclone Biparjoy is excepted to make landfall in Gujarat. High tide is expected in Mumbai at 10.29 am.
Dwarkadhish Temple will be closed today fordevotees as 'very severe' Cyclone Biparjoy is approaching Gujarat's coast where it is expected to make landfall
Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi speaks to the Indian Army personnel who have arrived in Devbhumi Dwarka, for operations in the wake of the cyclone.
A mild earthquake hit Kutch in Gujarat on Wednesday. The tremors measuring 3.5 magnitude on the Richter scale were felt in Bhachau. The jolts have come a day before cyclone Biparjoy makes landfall in Saurashtra and Kutch on Thursday.
Total 18 teams of NDRF are deployed across Gujarat with 4 in Kutch, 2 in Jamnagar, 3 each in Rajkot & Devbhoomi Dwarka, 1 each in Porbandar, Somnath, Morbi, Valsad and Junagarh. 1 team also deployed in Diu
IMD issues warning for these nine states - Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
IMD: "For the past six hours, it has become very slow, practically stationary. This is an indication that the direction of the movement of the cyclone will change now. We are expecting that it will move towards the northeast and it will hit Saurashtra, Kutch and adjoining Pakistan between Mandvi and Karachi near to Jakhau Port. If you look at the intensity, cyclone Biparjoy has slightly weakened further. But, it will still have landfall as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed ranging from 125-135 kmph, gusting to 145 kmph from morning to evening on Thursday.”
IMD sounds flood alert for four Gujarat districts; read more here
Here's How Forest Department Is Protecting Nearly 100 Asiatic Lions From Cyclonic Storm In Saurashtra
As Cyclone Biparjoy approaches, the state forest department is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of the Asiatic lions in the Saurashtra region, where the cyclone is expected to cause significant damage. Over 100 lions have been placed under high-security watch in coastal areas, and efforts are underway to move them to safer locations. Forest officials are employing various strategies, including herding the lions with beat guards and baiting them with ungulates, to ensure their protection.
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Superintendent of Police, Morbi helped relocate a woman and her child from a village to a shelter home as cyclone Biparjoy intensified
Mandvi witnesses rough sea conditions and strong winds as an impact of cyclone 'Biparjoy'
A team of State Disaster Response Force in Gujarat's Naliya gears up for cyclone 'Biparjoy
Mandvi beach in Kutch district wears a deserted look as all activities at the beach have been suspended in the wake of Cyclone Biparjoy
9 States & Union Territories On Alert As IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert for nine states and union territories (UTs) in India. These include Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. According to the IMD's forecast, parts of Gujarat are expected to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall from June 14-15. Additionally, on June 16, parts of north Gujarat and south Rajasthan are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall, with heavy to very heavy rainfall prevailing in some areas.
Fresh visuals from Gujarat shows that the state's coastal region has been hit by high tides as well meanwhile those living near the shore have been moved to safe place
With Cyclone Biparjoy intensifying, city's coast has been witnessing high tides. Here are visuals from Gateway of India from this morning
Cyclone Biparjoy: IMD issues warning
Mass evacuation efforts safeguard over 20,000 individuals from coastal areas
Gujarat - In a proactive response to an imminent threat, authorities have successfully evacuated over 20,000 people from low-lying coastal regions. Residents residing within a 5-kilometer (3-mile) radius of the coast in Gujarat were relocated to ensure their safety. Additionally, officials have announced that individuals within a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) range of the coast may be relocated within the next two days if the situation demands it.
C. C. Patel, the Director of Relief in the Gujarat state government, confirmed the extensive evacuation efforts, stating, "We have shifted 20,580 people from Gujarat's coastal districts and moved them to relief camps where they will be provided with food, drinking water, and other essential supplies."
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Biparjoy poses a significant threat of extensive damage.
The IMD has identified Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Jamnagar districts in Gujarat as the areas most likely to be impacted.
Cyclone Biparjoy is projected to make landfall near Jakhau Port along the Saurashtra and Kutch coasts on the evening of June 15. It is expected to intensify into a "very severe cyclonic storm," with sustained winds reaching 125-135 kmph and gusts up to 150 kmph.
The cyclone is anticipated to bring extremely heavy rainfall, exceeding 20 cm, in isolated areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Jamnagar districts on June 15. Additionally, Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi, and Junagarh may experience heavy to very heavy rainfall. These regions are also likely to encounter winds gusting up to 145 kilometers per hour.
Amit Shah announces 3 major schemes for disaster management
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has announced three major schemes for disaster management worth over Rs 8000 crore- A total of Rs 5,000 crores project to expand and modernise fire services in states, Rs 2,500 crores project for the seven most populous metros - Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune - to reduce the risk of urban flooding, and Rs 825 crores National Landslide Risk Mitigation Scheme in 17 States and Union Territories for landslide mitigation: Amit Shah.
IMD can now issue an alert five days ahead of any upcoming flood or rain. We have asked them to try and make it seven days: Amit Shah
The States where nuclear power stations have been given a strict protocol to be followed in the case of any emergency situation: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
After the meeting of Disaster Management ministers of States/UTs, Union Home Minister Amit Shah says, "In the last nine years, the Central Govt and States have achieved a lot in this area. Nobody can deny it. But we can't stay content because disasters have changed their form and their frequency & intensity have increased. We will have to do more extensive planning..."
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses press after chairing key meet on Cyclone Biparjoy preparedness
The wind speed is picking up in Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts upto Kachchh, to go up to 65-75kmph tomorrow: Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, IMD
Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs a meeting of Disaster Management ministers of States/Union Territories.
Rough sea conditions and strong tides seen in Gujarat's Dwarka. Visuals from Gomtighat, Dwarka
Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in Kachchh holds a review meeting with all districts of Gujarat on preparedness, ahead of cyclone 'Biparjoy'
High tides witnessed at Ganpatipule beach due to Cyclone Biparjoy. Visuals show intensity of sea waves.
A team of NDRF has been deployed in the coastal area of Diu since June 11 in view of Cyclone Biparjoy. This team is capable of handling every situation. There are around 22 rescuers in the team: Amit Kumar Jakhar, Officer 6th Battalion, NDRF
Rough sea conditions and strong winds witnessed in Dwarka, as an effect of #BiparjoyCyclone. Visuals from Gomtighat in Dwarka.
IMD Weakens Cyclone Biparjoy to Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that Cyclone Biparjoy has downgraded from an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' to a 'very severe cyclonic storm.' It is expected to hit Gujarat's coastal areas on June 15 and reach Rajasthan on June 16, potentially becoming the longest-lasting cyclone in the Arabian Sea, as per IMD data.
High tidal waves witnessed in Mumbai due to the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy in Arabian Sea
Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, led a high-level meeting on Monday with senior officials from the Port Authority to evaluate the state of preparedness for cyclone 'Biparjoy,' as reported by news agency ANI. During the meeting, the Minister instructed the senior officers to undertake all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of individuals residing in vulnerable areas.
IMD Forecasts 24 More Hours of Rain in Mumbai, Thunderstorms and Gusty Winds Expected in Surrounding Areas According to the latest forecast from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai can expect continuous rainfall for the next 24 hours. In addition, the met department has issued a yellow alert for today, cautioning residents of Palghar, Thane, and Raigad about the possibility of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds in these areas.
Authorities in Gujarat have taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of residents as Cyclone 'Biparjoy' approaches the western state. The cyclone, expected to hit on June 15, is projected to bring winds gusting up to 150 kilometers per hour. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified it as a 'very severe cyclonic storm.'
Officials, in coordination with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), have implemented a comprehensive evacuation plan. The operation will commence on Tuesday, focusing on relocating individuals residing in villages located within a 10-kilometer radius from the coast in the Kutch-Saurashtra districts. So far, the efforts have resulted in the successful relocation of over 7,500 people to safer areas. In particular, more than 3,000 individuals have been evacuated from 31 villages in Porbandar, while over 1,500 people have been shifted to secure locations in Devbhumi Dwarka. These measures aim to safeguard the well-being of the population as the cyclone approaches, bringing powerful winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday chaired the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and reviewed the preparedness of the Government of Gujarat and Central Ministries/Agencies to review preparedness for impending cyclone 'Biparjoy' in the Arabian Sea. Reviewing preparedness measures of the Central Agencies and Government of Gujarat, the Cabinet Secretary, Gauba said "The aim should be to keep the loss of lives to zero and minimize damage to property and infrastructure such as power and telecom, and in case of damage to this infrastructure, it must be restored in the shortest possible time."
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Conducts Successful Evacuation of 50 Individuals from 'Key Singapore' Oil Rig off Dwarka Coast, Gujarat.
Several train services on Western Railway have been short terminated as a precautionary measure to ensure passenger safety. The announcements were made through official tweets by the Indian Railways. Here are the details of the affected trains: