A new trail of destruction for Rajasthan, cyclone Biparjoy to make landfall
Cyclone Biparjoy has already caused a lot of nuisance in Gujarat over the past day. Around 99 trains running through, originating or terminating in these cyclone-affected areas of Gujarat will now remain cancelled or short-terminated, declared by Western Railway, as per NDTV News.
Two have died while about 22 were injured. Further, electric poles and trees were uprooted as the destructive cyclone made landfall in Gujarat Last Thursday. Now, as per records, the cyclone is likely to weaken its effect into a depression this evening over Rajasthan. There have been some top updates highlighted on its landfall in Rajasthan. Let us have a look:
- Right now, the cyclone’s intensity has reduced from ‘very severe’ to ‘severe’, after its Gujarat landfall, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). It has now moved from sea to land and is centred towards reaching Sauarashtra-Kutch. From 115 km per hour, the intensity has reduced to 110 km per hour, as per the official statement from IMD director Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
- Gusty winds coupled with heavy rain were brought in by the storm that affected and damaged around 524 trees and electric poles at various places in Gujarat. It also snapped the supply of power to around 940 villages, as per state officials. A cattle-rearer and his son died while they tried to save their goats that were stuck in the Bhavnagar district, according to the news reported by news agency PTI on Thursday.
- Churning across the Arabian Sea for over 10 days, the cyclone made landfall near Jakhau Port in Gujarat yesterday evening with wind speeds ranging between 125 km per hour and 140 km per hour. It started losing force several hours later and on Friday the storm is estimated to be packing at 100 km per hour with gusts up to 110 km per hour.
- Now after Gujarat, Rajasthan is likely to experience heavy rainfall on June 16 and 17 as the storm is headed northwest, as per the statement of Dr M Mohapatra. People have been put on high alert and many have been requested to shift or relocated to safer areas as the rain is expected to bring in much destruction along with wind speed.
- The metrological department has also issued a warning on the substantial damage that might be done to temporary dwelling structures as well as the potential for tree and branch fall owing to high-speed winds, heavy rains, and high waves that are expected to happen when it makes landfall in Rajasthan.
- Today, early in the morning, our PM Narendra Modi already conversed with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel over the telephone and took stock of the situation after the cyclonic storm made landfall. PM Modi has also asked about the details of the safety arrangements for wild animals including the lions of Gir forest in Gujarat.
- About 94,000 people have been relocated from coastal and low-lying areas to shelter in Gujarat and the cyclone has also affected the trains’ services. Around 99 trains running through, originating a terminating in these cyclone-affected areas will remain cancelled or short-terminated as of now. 18 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 12 of the State Disaster Response Force and 115 teams in coastal districts, there are 397 employees of the state power department and of the state road and construction department.
Till tomorrow all sorts of fishing activities are suspended, ports are shut and ships are anchored. On Thursday, two well-known temples—Dwarkadhish Temple in Devbhumi Dwarka and Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district—were closed to visitors. Also, commercial operations at the airport in Gujarat have been suspended till today. Airport authorities have said that petrol and diesel that are required to operate the airport in an emergency have been stored.