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Cyclone Biparjoy Approaching Gujarat Coast: Latest Updates and Precautionary Measures

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Expected to Cross Gujarat Coast on June 15

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Cyclone Biparjoy, an extremely severe cyclonic storm, is expected to cross the Gujarat coast on June 15, according to the latest updates from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Although the current forecast suggests that Gujarat may be spared a direct hit, the cyclone is likely to pass at a distance of 200-300 km from the Porbandar coast, bringing thunderstorms and strong winds to the region over the next five days.

The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall warning for several districts in Gujarat, including Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagarh, and Morbi. These areas should brace for heavy to extremely heavy rainfall on June 15, which could potentially lead to significant damage to crops, houses, roads, power lines, and communication poles, as well as the possibility of flooding in certain areas.

As a precautionary measure, the Gujarat government is taking proactive steps to prepare for the cyclone’s impact. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams are being deployed in coastal areas, and shelters are being set up in six districts. The exact location where Cyclone Biparjoy will make landfall is expected to become clearer in the coming days.

The naming of the cyclone follows the established practice of countries taking turns. In this case, the name ‘Biparjoy’ was suggested by Bangladesh, derived from the Bengali language, meaning ‘disaster’ or ‘calamity.’

Meanwhile, in Pakistan’s northwest, heavy rains and hail associated with the cyclone have caused significant damage. Reports indicate that several houses collapsed, resulting in at least 25 fatalities and 145 injuries in the Bannu, Lakki Marwat, and Karak districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In light of the approaching cyclone, the Gujarat government has closed beaches and is actively communicating with residents along the coast. The Disaster Management Division and National Emergency Response Centre, under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, have issued advisories to the Gujarat government, emphasizing the importance of monitoring the situation closely and implementing appropriate precautionary measures.

It is crucial for residents in the potentially affected areas to stay informed about the cyclone’s progress through official sources and follow the guidance provided by local authorities to ensure their safety and well-being.

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