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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 10:18 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy: Union Minister RK Singh reviews preparations for power supply in coastal areas in meeting with officials

Union power minister RK Singh on Tuesday held a review meeting with senior officers of the Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Grid Controller of India and PGCIL for the preparations for maintenance of power supply in coastal areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan which are likely to be affected by Cyclone 'Biparjoy'.

June 13, 2023 9:30 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy: 30,000 people from coastal districts shifted to temporary shelters; Army plans relief measures with NDRF

Authorities on Tuesday shifted 30,000 people from coastal areas to temporary shelters two days before powerful cyclone Biparjoy's expected landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat's Kutch district.

June 13, 2023 8:56 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy brings moderate rainfall to Mumbai

Mumbai recorded a sharp drop in minimum temperature on Tuesday as the city experienced moderate rainfall, triggered by Cyclone Biparjoy.

June 13, 2023 8:37 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy won't impact monsoon further: IMD

Cyclone Biparjoy is now completely detached from the monsoonal flow and will not adversely impact the advance of the rain-bearing system or its performance, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

June 13, 2023 8:20 PM IST

Indian Coast Guard conducts successful rescue of 50 oil rig crew members in Gujarat

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has evacuated a 50-member crew of a jackup rig in Gujarat as a preventive measure ahead of the expected landfall of severe Cyclone Biparjoy, an official statement said on Tuesday

June 13, 2023 7:59 PM IST

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel appeal to people

“Following the situation of Cyclone Biparjoy on the coast of Gujarat, I especially appeal to all the citizens to follow the instructions and guidelines issued by the system from time to time and take all precautionary measures. Let us try to minimize the damage to the property by taking all necessary precautions,” CM Patel said.

June 13, 2023 7:56 PM IST

'There is a slight weakening of the storm'

Sea surface temperature is reducing from 31°C to 29°C over the extreme northeast Arabian Sea. A drop in the heat potential is leading to a slight weakening of the storm, Skymet said.

June 13, 2023 7:48 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy: Authorities face reluctance of villagers in coastal Kutch as evacuation on in full swing

Hundreds of people are being evacuated from coastal villages in Kutch district in view of cyclone Biparjoy but authorities are facing a challenge as many villagers are reluctant to leave their livestock and belongings behind.

The powerful cyclone is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port in Kutch district on Thursday evening.

June 13, 2023 7:32 PM IST

Gujarat CM Bhupendrabhai Patel urges public to adhere to state guidelines and cooperate with administration for safety

I appeal to all to follow the guidelines given by the state govt and the district administration from time to time and stay indoors. If necessary, if anyone has to relocate, cooperate with the administration: CM Bhupendrabhai Patel

June 13, 2023 7:13 PM IST

Pakistan deploys military to help authorities to evacuate 100,000 people as Cyclone Biparjoy moves closer to coast

Pakistan on Tuesday deployed the military to speed up the evacuation of around 100,000 people from the low-lying coastal areas in the southern Sindh province as Cyclone Biparjoy moved closer to the country's financial capital, Karachi.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department's (PMD) latest advisory, Biparjoy — which has been downgraded from extremely severe cyclonic storm to very severe cyclonic storm — moved further north-northwestward during last six hours and now lay at a distance of about 410-km south of Karachi and 400-km south of Thatta.

June 13, 2023 7:05 PM IST

Kandla Port operations halted as Biparjoy Cyclone approaches Kachchh

June 13, 2023 6:55 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy disrupts train operations - 69 trains cancelled, 32 short-terminated, and 26 short-originated

69 trains have been cancelled, 32 trains have been short-terminated while 26 trains will be short-originated as a precautionary measure, in view of the safety of passengers & train operations with respect to the onset of Cyclone Biparjoy: Sumit Thakur, CPRO, Western Railway.

June 13, 2023 6:50 PM IST

Heavy rain lashes several parts of Gujarat's Aravalli district

June 13, 2023 6:38 PM IST

Watch | Cyclonic Storm 'Biparjoy' brings tidal waves and turbulence to Dwarka's Gomti Ghat

Tidal waves lash Gomti Ghat of Dwarka while the sea remains turbulent under the influence of cyclonic storm 'Biparjoy'.

June 13, 2023 6:31 PM IST

Indian Army readies flood relief columns to aid locals in Gujarat ahead of cyclone Biparjoy's landfall

Indian Army prepared itself to provide succour to the locals post the landfall of the fierce #BiparjoyCyclone in Gujarat. The flood relief columns have been rehearsed and kept ready at Bhuj, Jamnagar, Gandhidham, Dharangdhra, Vadodara and Gandhinagar as well as at forward locations at Naliya, Dwarka and Amreli: Indian Army

June 13, 2023 6:20 PM IST

Gujarat: Over 11,000 safely evacuated as authorities spearhead relief efforts in low-lying areas

More than 11,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas. More than 220 shelter homes identified by police and local administration. We are working towards ensuring zero casualties: Dr Karanraj Vaghela, SP Kachchh-Bhuj (West).

June 13, 2023 6:10 PM IST

Central quick response medical teams on standby for emergency services

Six multi-disciplinary Central Quick Response Medical Teams pooled in from the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and Safdarjung Hospital Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi), AIIMS (Jodhpur) and AIIMS (Nagpur), are kept ready to be mobilised in the event of any requirement for providing emergency care and services, ANI reported. Along with these, teams from NIMHANS, Bengaluru are also on standby to provide psychosocial care and aid to any affected population.

June 13, 2023 5:58 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy to cross Saurashtra, Kutch, and Pakistan on June 15

In a recent statement, Dr. Mrityunjay Mohapatra, the Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), has alerted the public about the approaching cyclone named Biparjoy. The cyclone is expected to make landfall on the evening of June 15, traversing through the regions of Saurashtra, Kutch, and the coastal areas of Pakistan. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that the cyclone's speed will range between 125-135 km per hour, potentially causing significant damage and disruption in the affected areas.

June 13, 2023 5:45 PM IST

Gujarat | Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi and Junagarh to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall

Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi and Junagarh may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Winds gusting up to 145 kilometers are predicted to batter these districts.

June 13, 2023 5:20 PM IST

Pakistan deploys Army & Navy personnel to help authorities to evacuate people as Cyclone Biparjoy moves closer to Karachi

Authorities in Pakistan's Sindh province have enlisted the help of the Army and Navy as they stepped up the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents living near the coastline as Cyclone Biparjoy moved closer to the country's commercial hub, Karachi.

June 13, 2023 4:50 PM IST

Watch | Mansukh Mandaviya visits Kandla Port to take stock of preparations for BiparjoyCyclone in Kachchh

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited Kandla Port to take stock of preparations for Biparjoy Cyclone in Kachchh.

June 13, 2023 4:42 PM IST

Four boys drowned near Juhu Koliwada beach found dead

All four boys drowned near Juhu's Koliwada beach were found dead.

1. Dharmesh Bhujiya age 15 years.

2. Manish Bhogania. Age 15 years

3. Shubham Bhogania. Age 16 years

4. Jay Tajpariya. Age 16 years

June 13, 2023 4:39 PM IST

Adani Ports suspends vessel operations at Mundra, Kandla Ports

The Adani conglomerate's ports business, Adani Ports, said it suspended vessel operations on Monday at Mundra, India's biggest commercial port that has the country's largest coal import terminal, and also at Tuna port near Kandla, reuters reports.

June 13, 2023 4:31 PM IST

3 dead, 1 missing in Juhu Beach Sea drowning incident

Three of the five people who went missing in the sea at Juhu Beach in Mumbai yesterday have died. One person remains missing, search operation is underway.

June 13, 2023 4:10 PM IST

Seven die as cyclone barrels towards western India, Pakistan

Four boys drowned in rough seas off the western Indian financial hub of Mumbai on Tuesday as India and Pakistan began evacuating people from coastal areas, two days before a cyclone is expected to make landfall.

High waves in the Arabian Sea, accompanied by heavy rains and gusting winds pounded Gujarat's coastal areas, uprooting trees and resulting in a wall collapse that killed three people in Kutch and Rajkot districts, authorities said.

June 13, 2023 3:45 PM IST

Over 20,000 people moved to safety from costal areas

Thousands were evacuated from low-lying regions, including residents living within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of the coast in Gujarat. Those within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the coast might be moved over the next two days if required, officials said.

“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 material," said C. C. Patel, director of relief in the Gujarat state government.

June 13, 2023 3:37 PM IST

Cyclone 'Biparjoy': Action plan in place to tackle medical and health emergencies, says Union health minister

With cyclone 'Biparjoy' barrelling towards Kutch district in Gujarat, shelter homes are being set up with arrangements for rations and meals while an action plan is being put in place to tackle medical and health emergencies, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.

June 13, 2023 3:27 PM IST

Amit Shah chairs a review meeting on the preparedness for cyclone 'Biparjoy'

Union home minister Amit Shah is chairing a review meeting on the preparedness for cyclone 'Biparjoy'.

June 13, 2023 3:12 PM IST

Cyclone 'Biparjoy': 21,000 people from coastal districts shifted to temporary shelters; ICG evacuates 50 personnel from oil rig

As cyclone 'Biparjoy' with an extensive damaging potential is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat's Kutch district on Thursday evening, the administration has so far shifted 21,000 people from different coastal districts to temporary shelters, an official said on Tuesday.

The government is aiming to evacuate people within 10 km of the coast.

June 13, 2023 2:20 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy: Landfall time, location, impact, precautions, cities likely to be affected

India and Pakistan braced for the first severe cyclone - Biparjoy - this year expected to hit their coastal regions later this week, with authorities halting fishing activities, deploying rescue personnel and announcing evacuation plans for those at risk. From the Arabian Sea, Cyclone Biparjoy is aiming at Pakistan's southern Sindh province and the coastline of Gujarat. It is forecast to make landfall on Thursday and could reach maximum wind speeds of up to 150 kmph.  Read more

June 13, 2023 2:00 PM IST

Bustling Jakhau port turns lifeless ahead of Biparjoy landfall

Jakhau port, one of the busiest docks in Gujarat, is serenely inactive except for the rough sea, gushing wind and heavy rains as it awaits the landfall of cyclone 'Biparjoy'.

The port is devoid of any living souls except for a few on-duty personnel as the entire human population there has been evacuated in anticipation of the landfall of the "very severe cyclonic storm" on June 15.

Hundreds of fishing boats have been brought ashore and parked in lines in the hope to save them from the imminent fury of nature. Except for the Indian Coast Guard and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel manning the port, no one is allowed to enter the facility. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the cyclone will make landfall near Jakhau.


June 13, 2023 1:49 PM IST

Gujarat's Kutch, Jamnagar likely to be most impacted: IMD

Cyclone 'Biparjoy' has an extensive damaging potential and it is likely to impact Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat the most, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

Cyclone Biparjoy is predicted to cross Saurashtra and Kutch coasts near Jakhau Port on the evening of June 15 as a 'very severe cyclonic storm' with a maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph.

"Its damaging potential could be extensive," IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said at a press conference.

The cyclone could lead to extremely heavy rainfall (over 20 cm) at isolated places in Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar districts on June 15.


June 13, 2023 1:48 PM IST

Amit Shah announces three major schemes for disaster management worth over ₹8000 crore

Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced three major schemes for disaster management worth over 8000 crore. These include, 5,000 crores project to expand and modernize fire services in states, 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 825 crores National Landslide Risk Mitigation Scheme in 17 States and Union Territories for landslide mitigation.


June 13, 2023 1:30 PM IST

A look at India's deadliest cyclones

A severe cyclonic storm named Biparjoy is likely to hit India's western state of Gujarat and southern parts of Pakistan this week, India's weather department has said.

Biparjoy, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 125-135 km per hour (78-84 mph) gusting up to 150 kph, is expected to make landfall on Thursday between Mandvi in Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan, it has said.

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June 13, 2023 1:27 PM IST

Seven dead as India steps up evacuations ahead of cyclone

Four boys drowned after venturing into rough seas in Mumbai as Indian authorities began evacuating people from western coastal areas on Tuesday, two days before a powerful cyclone approaches Gujarat state and neighbouring southern Pakistan.

Classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, Biparjoy is expected to make landfall around Thursday evening between Mandvi in India's Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan with maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 km (78-84 miles) per hour, gusting to 150 km (93 miles) per hour, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

"Four boys drowned at Juhu beach on Monday evening. So far, we have found the bodies of two, and the search is still ongoing to locate the remaining two," said a police official in Mumbai, India's western metropolis that is south of Gujarat.


June 13, 2023 1:21 PM IST

PM Modi held phone conversation with Gujarat CM 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had a telephonic conversation with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel regarding the status and preparedness for impending Cyclone Biparjoy.

"Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi received details regarding the status of Cyclone Biparjoy in Gujarat and the preparedness of the system through a telephonic conversation. He assured to provide all possible help to Gujarat in this situation of disaster," the Gujarat CM said in a tweet.


June 13, 2023 1:19 PM IST

‘Strict protocol for states with nuclear power stations,’ says Amit Shah

“The States where nuclear power stations have been given a strict protocol to be followed in the case of any emergency situation,” says Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing the Disaster Management ministers of States/UTs.

June 13, 2023 1:17 PM IST

‘Wind speed picking up in Gujarat’s Dwarka districts': IMD Director General

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, “The wind speed is picking up in Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts upto Kachchh, to go up to 65-75kmph tomorrow.”

June 13, 2023 1:15 PM IST

‘Need extensive planning’: Amit Shah

After the meeting of Disaster Management ministers of States/UTs, 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.”

June 13, 2023 1:12 PM IST

'Wind could have extensive damaging potential on June 15': IMD Director General


IMD Director General said, “On 15th June, wind speed in Dwarka, Jamnagar, Kachchh and Morbi districts of Gujarat will be around 125-135 kmph and gusting to 150 kmph, it could have extensive damaging potential.”

June 13, 2023 1:08 PM IST

Amit Shah addresses meet with Disaster Management Ministers of states and UTs

Amit Shah addresses a meeting with the Ministers of Disaster Management of the States and UTs

June 13, 2023 12:57 PM IST

Health Minister Mandaviya visits Bhuj Military Station to review preparedness

Union minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya visited Bhuj Military Station to review preparedness as cyclone 'Biparjoy' is expected to cross near Gujarat's Jakhau Port by the evening of 15th June


June 13, 2023 12:40 PM IST

IMD releases video observing 24-hour track of Biparjoy

India Meteorological Department releases video observing 24-hour track of Extremely Severe cyclonic Storm "Biparjoy".

June 13, 2023 12:26 PM IST

IMD issues Cyclone warning for for Saurashtra and Kutch Coasts

India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday, “Cyclone Warning for Saurashtra and Kutch Coasts: Orange Message. VSCS BIPARJOY at 0830IST of today about 280km SW of Devbhumi Dwarka, 300km WSW of Porbandar, 310km SW of Jakhau Port, 330km SW of Naliya. To cross near Jakhau Port (Gujarat) AROUND evening of 15th June as VSCS.”

June 13, 2023 11:59 AM IST

'Around 250 people moved to shelter homes': Executive magistrate, Dwarka

Executive magistrate, District Dwarka, Gujarat on preparedness for cyclone 'Biparjoy' said, “One team each of NDRF and SDRF deployed, and one team of NDRF is to be deployed at Okha port. Around 250 people shifted to temporary shelter homes. Tourists and the local population are not allowed to visit Gomti Ghat, Shivrajpur beach, Bet Dwarka and other places along the coast.”

June 13, 2023 11:47 AM IST

‘Aim to minimise animal and human casualties; measures taken’: Mansukh Mandaviya

“Central government, State government, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Disaster Management teams are coordinating to ensure minimum effect of the Cyclone. The aim is to also minimise human and animal causalities. We have taken a few measures. We have evacuated people living within 10 km of the coast. Activities have been stopped at Kandla Port, which is a significant port. All ships in danger areas have been anchored,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

June 13, 2023 11:34 AM IST

Mumbai Police issues preventative till June 27

Mumbai Police issues regular preventive from June 13 to 27, prohibiting the assembly of five or more persons in public places and the use of loudspeakers. Marriage ceremonies and other such events will be exempted.


June 13, 2023 11:24 AM IST

Gujarat braces for heavy rainfall, strong wind as cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ approaches

The intensity of rainfall in Gujarat is expected to gradually increase as very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy approaches the coastal region, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall today, with heavy showers at some places. The intensity of rainfall would increase on June 15, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka and Jamnagar and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi and Junagarh districts.

“Isolated heavy rainfall is very likely over the remaining districts of Saurashtra and north Gujarat region on June 15. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north Gujarat and adjoining south Rajasthan on June 16,” the IMD said in a bulletin.

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June 13, 2023 11:16 AM IST

Cyclone shuts key oil and container ports as storm nears India

Major oil and container ports have shut in India as a severe cyclone tracks toward the nation’s west coast near Pakistan.

Adani Group’s flagship Mundra operation, India’s busiest container harbor, the oil ports of Vadinar and Sikka, as well as Kandla, Okha, Bedi and Navlakhi have suspended operations, according to the Gujarat Maritime Board. Sikka is a key facility for Reliance Industries Ltd.’s giant Jamnagar refinery.

Very severe cyclone Biparjoy — a name which means disaster — is expected to make landfall between Gujarat and Pakistan’s Karachi on Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department. Wind gusts could reach as high as 150 kilometers (93 miles) an hour, the weather bureau said.


June 13, 2023 10:45 AM IST

Strong surface winds forecast in New Delhi

The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 29.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, with strong surface winds forecast later in the day. The relative humidity level stood at 53 per cent.

Delhi reeled under hot weather conditions on Monday with the maximum temperature settling at 41.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD has forecast strong surface winds during the day. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 41 degrees Celsius.

Delhiites can expect some respite from the heat as light rains are predicted in the city on Thursday and Friday under the influence of Cyclone Biparjoy which is gaining steam in the Arabian Sea, according to private forecasting agency Skymet Weather.