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Cyclone Biparjoy highlights: 30,000 people evacuated in Gujarat's Kutch

Cyclone Biparjoy highlights: The cyclone has been moving northwards at a speed of five kilometers per hour, and is centered southwest of Gujarat's Porbandar.
Indian Coast Guard carries out an evacuation operation at Okha, Gujarat in preventive measures for severe cyclone Biprajoy. (PTI Photo)
Indian Coast Guard carries out an evacuation operation at Okha, Gujarat in preventive measures for severe cyclone Biprajoy. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone Biparjoy Live: The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Biparjoy’ weakened on Tuesday into a very severe cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the weather department, the cyclone has been moving northwards at a speed of five kilometers per hour, and is centered approximately 290 km southwest of Gujarat's Porbandar. It is expected to cross Gujarat's Saurashtra and Kutch regions as well as adjoining Pakistan coasts on Thursday....Read More

No Arabian Sea cyclone since 1982 (when satellite data started being used) has sustained at this strength for as long as Biparjoy has (126 hours). And it promises to break more records. Expected to cross the Gujarat and Pakistan coasts on June 15, Biparjoy has seen two stages of acceleration thus far -- one between June 6 and 7 that saw its wind speed increase from 55 kmph to 139 kmph, and another between June 9 and June 10, when its speed, which had dipped a bit, increased from 120 kmph to 195 kmph -- according to data from the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC). In the process, the storm evolved from a depression on June 6 to a severe cyclonic storm on June 10.

The Western Railways has cancelled 67 trains passing through the areas predicted to be affected by weather conditions due to Cyclone Biparjoy. The passengers hit by cancellations will be eligible for refunds as per the existing rules. "Various safety and security precautions are also being taken by Western Railway for train passengers of these prone areas under the jurisdiction," the zonal office of Indian Railways said.

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June 13, 2023 10:38 AM IST

Home Minister Amit Shah to hold review meet to see Cyclone preparedness

Union Home Minister Amit Shah to chair a review meeting linked to the preparedness for cyclone 'Biparjoy', in Delhi this afternoon. 

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel and MPs from eight likely to be affected districts will also participate in the meeting virtually.

(ANI)

June 13, 2023 10:31 AM IST

Watch: Rainfall in Gujarat's Kachchh district

Light rain in Naliya town of Kachchh district as very severe Cyclonic storm Biparjoy continues to move towards Gujarat coast. 

(ANI)

June 13, 2023 10:18 AM IST

Mansukh Mandaviya holds review meet in Kutch

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in Kutch held a review meeting on Tuesday, with all districts of Gujarat on preparedness, ahead of Cyclone Biparjoy.

June 13, 2023 10:03 AM IST

Why cyclones such as Biparjoy have become severe and frequent, explained

Behind extremely severe cyclone Biparjoy’s evolution is a gradual but undesirable change in the nature of the Arabian Sea: it was always relatively cooler compared to the Bay of Bengal in the north Indian Ocean.

Then, four decades ago, it started undergoing a major change of character .

Sea surface temperatures over the Arabian Sea have increased by 1.2 to 1.4 degrees C in recent decades compared to four decades ago according to a paper in Elsevier’s Earth Science Reviews published last year. The result? More frequent cyclones that were stronger and often lasted longer.

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June 13, 2023 9:52 AM IST

Watch: Fifty personnel evacuated by Indian Coast Guard

Fifty personnel have been evacuated on Tuesday morning from jack-up rig 'Key Singapore' operating off Dwarka coast near Okha, Gujarat by the Indian Coast Guard ALH Dhruv helicopters. 

ANI

June 13, 2023 9:45 AM IST

Watch: Police deployed near Gujarat's coast

Police deployed near coast in Gujarat's Navsari to prevent people from venturing into the sea amid raging Cyclone Biparjoy.

June 13, 2023 9:41 AM IST

Watch: Lifeguards deployed at Mumbai's Juhu Beach

Lifeguards deployed at Mumbai's Juhu Beach to ensure that people are not venturing into the sea as high tidal waves hit the coast under the effect of Cyclone Biparjoy.

June 13, 2023 9:40 AM IST

How is Mumbai international airport preparing for Cyclone Biparjoy

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai said it has “undertaken all precautionary measures as per the standard protocols, as a part of its monsoon contingency plan”. “CSMIA is closely monitoring the situation and is prepared to activate all necessary measures to mitigate any potential operational impact in case of inclement weather conditions to facilitate safe operations”, the airport authorities said in a statement.

The airport authorities also said that they have “successfully completed” the recarpeting of the secondary runway 14/32 as per schedule. “With both runways now fully operational before monsoons sets in, the flexibility has ensured no disruption to flight movements in case of cross winds, thus solidifying our commitment to airside operational safety and efficient flight operations”, the statement said.

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June 13, 2023 9:35 AM IST

Western Railway short-terminates 56 trains heading to coastal Gujarat

As powerful cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ moves closer to the Gujarat coast, the Western Railway has short-terminated more than 50 trains heading to coastal areas of the state and is considering cancellation of several trains over the next three days, a release said.

The WR is taking various measures including setting up disaster management rooms, help desks, and keeping relief trains ready, the release said on Monday.

The wind speed is being monitored at five locations in Bhavnagar division, at eight sites in Rajkot and at three spots in Ahmedabad division on an hourly basis and station masters have been instructed to regulate or stop trains when the wind velocity exceeds 50 kmph, as per the release.

(PTI)

June 13, 2023 9:27 AM IST

Gujarat to evacuate people living within 10 km from coast

As Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ approaches and is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port in the Kutch district off the Gujarat coast, evacuation efforts will pick up on Tuesday, with the government aiming to evacuate people within 10 km from the coast.

Authorities in the coastal districts of Kutch, Porbandar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Junagadh, and Morbi have started the process of shifting those living near the coastline. They said thousands of people residing in areas within 10 km from the shore will be moved to safer places from Tuesday.

“VSCS (very severe cyclonic storm) Biparjoy lay centered at 0230 IST of the 13th June, 2023 over Northeast and adjoining Eastcentral Arabian Sea about 290 km southwest of Porbandar & 360 km south-southwest of Jakhau Port. To cross Saurashtra & Kutch near Jakhau Port by evening of 15th June as a VSCS,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest post.

(PTI)

June 13, 2023 9:24 AM IST

Watch: High tide hits Worli Sea Face in Mumbai

High tide hit Worli Sea Face in Mumbai on Tuesday. 

As per the latest update by IMD, partly cloudy sky with possibility of light to moderate rain/ thundershowers in city and suburbs expected in Mumbai today; occasional strong winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph very likely and hot and humid conditions very likely in city and suburbs today.

ANI

June 13, 2023 9:11 AM IST

Two boys dead, two missing at Mumbai's Juhu Koliwada beach during high tide

Two boys, Dharmesh and Shubham, have been found dead by the local police and two are still missing day after they were feared drowned in the sea at Juhu Koliwada beach on Monday evening after they ventured to the deep end of the jetty and were washed away during high tide.

June 13, 2023 9:00 AM IST

IMD issues Cyclone warning for Saurashtra and Kutch Coasts

India Meteorological Department issued a Cyclone warning on Tuesday. It said, “Cyclone Warning for Saurashtra and Kutch Coasts: Orange Message. VSCS BIPARJOY at 0530IST of today about 300km WSW of Porbandar, 290km SW of Devbhumi Dwarka, 340km SSW of Jakhau Port, 350km SSW of Naliya. To cross near Jakhau Port (Gujarat) by the evening of 15th June as VSCS.”

June 13, 2023 8:56 AM IST

Watch: Hundreds of trucks have been parked at Gandhidham due to closure of ports

Hundreds of trucks have been parked at Gandhidham in Gujarat due to the closure of the Kandla Port in the wake of Cyclone Biparjoy.

June 13, 2023 8:51 AM IST

Skymet Weather predicts bleak monsoon in India over next four weeks

Private forecasting agency Skymet Weather has predicted a bleak monsoon in India over the next four weeks, raising concerns about the impact on agriculture.

"Extended Range Prediction System (ERPS) is projecting a dismal outlook for the next four weeks, until July 6. Agriculture heartland is looking rather cracked and parched. This coincides with the crucial time of sowing or at least preparing the field, with the hope of impending rains," it said on Monday.

The central and western parts of India, which form the core monsoon zone, may face challenges in coping with the drying effects due to inadequate rainfall early in the season, Skymet Weather said.

(PTI)

June 13, 2023 8:34 AM IST

'Biparjoy' on course to become cyclone with longest lifespan in Arabian Sea: IMD

Cyclone Biparjoy, expected to cross the Gujarat coast on June 15, is on course to become the cyclone with the longest lifespan in the Arabian Sea, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.

It will also be the third cyclone to hit the western state in June since 1965, the meteorological office said.

"Based on data from 1965 to 2022 for the month of June, 13 cyclones developed over the Arabian Sea. Of these, two crossed the Gujarat coast, one Maharashtra, one Pakistan coast, three Oman-Yemen coasts and six weakened over the sea," the IMD said.

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June 13, 2023 8:31 AM IST

Cyclone 'Biparjoy' likely to enter Rajasthan on June 16, NWR cancels train services

The North Western Railway (NWR) has cancelled some train services as the cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’ is likely to enter southwest Rajasthan on June 16, officials said on Monday.

"Keeping in view the safety and security in view of the cyclonic storm Biprajoy in the Bay of Bengal, train services are being cancelled/partially cancelled by the Railways," the NWR said in a statement.

Radheshyam Sharma, in-charge of the Jaipur Meteorological Centre, said that the cyclonic storm Biparjoy is likely to weaken and enter south-western Rajasthan as a depression on June 16.

(PTI)

June 13, 2023 8:28 AM IST

Biparjoy weakens into ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm, IMD issues alert: Updates

The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Biparjoy’ on Tuesday weakened into a very severe cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the weather department, the cyclone has been moving northwards at a speed of five kilometers per hour, and is centered approximately 290 km southwest of Gujarat's Porbandar. It is expected to cross Gujarat's Saurashtra and Kutch regions as well as adjoining Pakistan coasts on Thursday.

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June 13, 2023 8:25 AM IST

Four boys lost at sea, 23-year-old man rescued at same spot one day ago

A day before the news of four boys being lost at sea surfaced, the lifeguards and police team had prevented a 23-year-old man from drowning at the same spot in Juhu beach.

On Sunday, several police officers and lifeguards were stationed at the seashore in their jurisdiction as MET had issued warnings about Cyclone Biparjoy.

Head constable Shimpi, who was on duty at the jetty near the Juhu Koliwada landing point, was informed by some lifeguards about two men who had gone swimming despite the high tide warnings.

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June 13, 2023 8:09 AM IST

Railways set up control room in Gujarat, field staff on alert

In the wake of the impending Cyclone Biparjoy, Indian Railways have activated the disaster management room and also opened emergency control rooms in several districts of Gujarat to ensure smooth rail functioning.

The Director of Information and Publication Railway Board, Shivaji Sutar on Monday said that sufficient manpower and machinery has been deployed with adequate preparation to deal with any emergency situation.

Speaking to ANI, Shivaji Sutar said, "Disaster Management room has been activated and field staff has been put on alert mode. Emergency control rooms have been opened in Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Gandhidham. Additional helpline numbers have also been activated".

(ANI)

June 13, 2023 8:04 AM IST

Rough sea conditions and strong tides seen in Dwarka

Rough sea conditions and strong tides seen in Gujarat's Dwarka. Visuals from Gomtighat in Dwarka.

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