Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ Expected To Weaken In Next 12 Hours: IMD; Amit Shah On Gujarat Visit For Damage Assessment

Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’, which originated in the Arabian Sea and swept across the west coast of India made landfall on Thursday night in Gujarat.

Cyclone Biparjoy impact in Gujarat

Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ is expected to weaken into a “depression” in next 12 hours, India Meteorological Department(IMD) said on Saturday.

Earlier, cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ made landfall in Gujarat’s coastal areas.
IMD said the cyclonic storm weakened into a 'deep depression' at 11:30 pm on Friday over Southeast Pakistan.

"Cyclonic Storm Biparjoy weakened into a Deep Depression at 2330 hours IST of yesterday, the 16th June, 2023 over Southeast Pakistan adjoining Southwest Rajasthan and Kutch about 100 km northeast of Dholavira. To weaken further into a Depression during next 12 hours," IMD said in a tweet.

The reports stated earlier that several trees were uprooted in Bhuj, Kutch, due to the impact of the cyclone. 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team carried out the clearance work on Friday.

The cyclone, which originated in the Arabian Sea and swept across the west coast of India made landfall on Thursday night around 10 km north of the Jakhau Port in Kutch, as per IMD reports.

Earlier in the day, a total of six NDRF teams evacuated 127 civilians from Rupen Bandar Government Primary School and reshifted to NDH School Dwarka after Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall in coastal areas of the state on Thursday evening.

According to NDRF, the evacuated civilians include 82 males, 27 females and Children 15 children.

With a prediction of heavy rainfall for the next two days for Gujarat after cyclone 'Biparjoy' made landfall in the state, Western Railways on Friday decided to cancel, partially cancel the operation of a few more trains as a precautionary measure in the cyclone-prone areas.

Earlier today, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel held a meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center in Gandhinagar to take stock of the situation in the state in the wake of Cyclone Biparjoy's landfall, the reports said.

Home Minister Amit Shah to visit cyclone-affected areas of Gujarat

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Kutch and Jakhau port in Gujarat to take stock of the situation in areas affected by cyclone Biparjoy, officials said.

He will also hold a meeting with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and senior officers. 

The home minister will visit Kutch to review the situation in areas affected by the cyclone, a home ministry official said.

Shah will first conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas and then go to Jakhau port in Kutch, and Mandvi. 

He will also visit shelter homes and meet people.

Later, he will also visit Swami Narayan Temple in Bhuj and review food and other facilities being distributed among those affected, the official said.

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