Before the anticipated landfall of severe cyclone “Biparjoy” near Jakhau port in Kutch region, authorities have already relocated 50,000 people from coastal districts of Gujarat to temporary shelters.
The Saurashtra-Kutch region had heavy rainfall and strong winds as the cyclone approached the Gujarat coast on Wednesday, according to the Met department.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone is predicted to make landfall on Thursday evening as a “very severe cyclonic storm” with winds up to 150 kph.
According to a press statement from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), the Khambhaliya taluka of the Devbhumi Dwarka district received the most rainfall during the 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning (121 mm), followed by Dwarka (92 mm) and Kalyanpur (70 mm).
In Jamnagar, Junagadh, Rajkot, Porbandar, and Kutch districts, more than nine talukas reported receiving more than 50 mm of rain during the same time period, it said.
As of Wednesday morning, 54 talukas in the districts of Saurashtra and Kutch had received more than 10 mm of precipitation in the previous 24 hours.”
At this time, the storm is roughly 290 km distant from Kutch. We have already relocated roughly 50,000 residents of coastal districts to temporary shelters as a precaution.
Alok Kumar Pandey, the state commissioner for relief, stated that the evacuation procedure is still ongoing and the remaining 5,000 people will be relocated by this evening to safer locations.