The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat as Cyclone Biparjoy approaches the state. The cyclone is expected to bring heavy downpours to several districts, including Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagarh, and Morbi, on June 14.
According to the IMD, Cyclone Biparjoy, classified as an extremely cyclonic storm, is currently heading northward and is anticipated to reach Saurashtra and Kutch Coasts by the morning of June 14. It is then projected to move north-northeastwards, crossing the Saurashtra and Kutch regions and adjacent parts of Pakistan between Mandvi (Gujarat) and Karachi (Pakistan) around noon on June 15. The cyclone is expected to reach the coast with a maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 kmph, gusting up to 150 kmph.
The IMD has cautioned residents in the affected areas about the impending heavy rainfall. “The intensity of rainfall would increase with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka & Jamnagar and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi & Junagarh districts of Saurashtra & Kutch,” stated the IMD.
In addition to the heavy rains, the IMD forecasts a gradual drop in maximum temperatures by 4-6 degrees over the next 4-5 days. Fishermen have been advised to suspend their operations over the East-Central and adjoining West-Central Arabian Sea until June 15, and in the north and adjoining central Arabian Sea from June 12 to June 15, due to the cyclonic conditions.
Meanwhile, the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy is also being felt in parts of Western India, including Konkan and Goa. The IMD officials have stated that the cyclone is not likely to make landfall in Gujarat but will pass at a distance of 200 to 300 km from the Porbandar coast. As a result, heavy rainfall is expected in these regions over the next 24 hours.
Authorities are closely monitoring the progress of Cyclone Biparjoy and are taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of residents in the affected areas. People are advised to stay updated with the latest weather bulletins and follow the instructions and guidelines issued by the local authorities.
It is crucial for residents, especially those in vulnerable areas, to take necessary precautions, such as staying indoors, avoiding unnecessary travel, and following any evacuation orders that may be issued. By prioritizing safety and staying prepared, the impact of the cyclone can be minimized, and the well-being of the affected communities can be safeguarded.
Sources by Agencies.