In anticipation of the dangerous Cyclone Biporjoy hitting the shores of Kutch at 4 pm today, more than 74,000 people have been relocated. The cyclone is expected to bring winds of up to 150 km per hour, accompanied by heavy rain, posing a serious threat to the region. Red and orange alerts have been issued in various districts of Gujarat, indicating the seriousness of the situation.
Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with the heads of the three divisions, focusing on preparedness and response measures. Eight states including Kerala are on high alert as the cyclone poses a potential risk.
IMD issued warnings
The India Meteorological Department has issued warnings for the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Gujarat in particular is bracing for the potential havoc caused by Cyclone Biporjoy. Areas with high population density are most at risk, requiring proactive measures to safeguard lives and property. Bhuj airport has been closed until tomorrow and hospitals in Kutch are on high alert to handle any emergency situation.
The army is prepared for rescue operations, ensuring a rapid response to any critical situation that may arise. Due to adverse weather conditions, 67 trains from Gujarat have been cancelled for the next two days.
Cyclone Biporjoy also poses a threat to southern Pakistan, prompting the evacuation of 60,000 people from Sindh province. Strong winds have caused widespread dust storms, severely affecting visibility in many areas. Coastal businesses in Karachi, the provincial capital and Pakistan’s largest city have been closed as a precaution.
According to the India Meteorological Department, after making landfall in Jakhau, Gujarat, Cyclone Biporjoy is expected to continue its track towards Karachi, Pakistan. By noon today, the cyclone is expected to gain significant strength. In response to the situation, the revered Dwarkadhish shrines and Somnath temple will remain closed for the day.
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