Cyclone Biparjoy updates | Cyclone to make landfall near Jakhau on June 15

Ahead of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy, around 7,500 people have been shifted to safer places

Updated - June 12, 2023 11:24 pm IST

Published - June 12, 2023 11:32 am IST

Kutch: Villagers leave Jakhau village during evacuation ahead of cyclone Biparjoy’s landfall, in Kutch district, Monday, June 12, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_12_2023_000225A)

Kutch: Villagers leave Jakhau village during evacuation ahead of cyclone Biparjoy’s landfall, in Kutch district, Monday, June 12, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_12_2023_000225A) | Photo Credit: -

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port on June 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting today to review preparations to mitigate the impact of the cyclone.

The NDRF has pre-positioned 12 teams, which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipment, and has kept 15 teams on standby, the PMO said. Around 7,500 people have been shifted to safer places, and a proper evacuation operation will begin from Tuesday for people residing in villages located within a distance of 10 kilometres from the coast in Kutch-Saurashtra districts, officials said.

The Centre has directed the State government to regulate onshore and offshore activities and mobilise evacuation from coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from districts including Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh and Morbi.

The cyclone will be preceded by winds with speeds of 135-145 kmph gusting to 150 kmph and extremely heavy rainfall, said IMD Ahmedabad centre director Manorama Mohanty.

The IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall in the districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka and Jamnagar on June 15.

A few places in other districts of Saurashtra region close to the coast will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Isolated places in north Gujarat districts will also receive heavy rainfall, it said.

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Visual summary of Cyclone Biparjoy
  • June 12, 2023 20:09
    Indian Coast Guard ships patrol off the coast of Gujarat, in view of cyclone ‘Biparjoy’
  • June 12, 2023 19:49
    Indian Coast Guard gives detail on prevention measures taken and advisory issued ahead of cyclone landfall
  • June 12, 2023 19:48
    ‘Biparjoy’ on course to become cyclone with longest lifespan in Arabian Sea

    Cyclone Biparjoy, expected to cross the Gujarat coast on June 15, is on course to become the cyclone with the longest lifespan in the Arabian Sea, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.It will also be the third cyclone to hit the western state in June since 1965, the meteorological office said.“Based on data from 1965 to 2022 for the month of June, 13 cyclones developed over the Arabian Sea. Of these, two crossed the Gujarat coast, one Maharashtra, one Pakistan coast, three Oman-Yemen coasts and six weakened over the sea,” the IMD said.Before 2023, only two cyclones crossed the Gujarat coast in June. One was a severe cyclone in 1996 and the other was an extremely severe cyclonic storm in 1998, it said.The life period of Cyclone Biparjoy, which developed over the southeast Arabian Sea at 5.30 am on June 6, is about seven days and 12 hours so far.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 18:52
    Pakistan begins evacuation as Cyclone Biparjoy inches closer to coastal areas

    The Sindh government on June 12 kicked-off the evacuation drive from the coastal areas of Badin in the wake of fast-approaching cyclone Biparjoy, Pakistan-based Geo News reported.They moved the residents to safe places to avoid any loss of lives. An “extremely severe” cyclone is set to batter some coastal areas of Pakistan this week, prompting authorities to start moving people to safer places.The government had decided to evacuate the residential areas and other human settlements near the coast of Sindh as the risk of tropical cyclone Biparjoy present in the Arabian Sea escalated, according to Geo News report.Presently, the Extreme Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) lies about 600 kilometres South of Karachi, 580 km South of Thatta, and 710 km Southeast of Ormara, after moving further Northward during the 12 hours.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 18:11
    NDMA lists out precautions to take during a cyclone

  • June 12, 2023 18:05
    National Crisis Management Committee reviews cyclone preparedness, assures Gujarat govt. of all help

    The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Monday met and reviewed the preparedness of the Gujarat government and central agencies for the impending Cyclone Biparjoy and assured the State of all help.

    Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and those at sea have been called back to safe berth, an official statement said.

    Fishermen anchor their boats at safe place ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone at Mandvi in Kutch district, on June 12, 2023.

    A total of 21,000 boats have been parked so far and a list of all vulnerable villages has been prepared for the purpose of evacuation, it said.

    The India Meteorological Department’s director general briefed the NCMC, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, about the current status of extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy over the east central Arabian Sea, according to the statement.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 17:18
    NDRF, SDRF teams in action, evacuating people ahead of cyclone Biparjoy
  • June 12, 2023 17:11
    Ensure evacuation of people from vulnerable areas, says PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister P K Misra holds a meeting to review the situation related to Cyclone Biparjoy, in New Delhi on June 12, 2023.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday directed officials to ensure safe evacuation of people living in vulnerable locations in the path of Cyclone Biparjoy, which is likely to make landfall in Gujarat’s Kutch.

    He directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people living in vulnerable locations are safely evacuated by the state government, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

    Modi also directed to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health and drinking water, and restore them immediately in the event of any damage caused to them.

    The prime minister also directed that the safety of animals should be ensured and ordered the setting up of 24x7 control rooms.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 16:51
    NDRF deploys two additional teams in Mumbai

    National Disaster Response Force on Monday said that it has deployed two of its teams in addition to the already available three teams in Mumbai as a precautionary measure against Cyclone Biporjay.

    NDRF said that it has moved four other teams to Gujarat as it expects to have more impact over there.

    “Due to Cyclone Biporjay, we have deployed two teams in addition to the already available three teams in Mumbai as a precautionary measure. Further, we have moved four other teams to Gujarat as Cyclone Biporjay is expected to have more impact over there. Additionally, our teams at Pune are also ready,” an official statement said.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 16:21
    IMD warns of ‘Strong Surface Winds’ in Gujarat between June 12 - June 16
  • June 12, 2023 16:15
    Around 7,500 persons moved to safety

    Officials said authorities in the coastal districts of Kutch, Porbandar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Morbi began evacuating people residing near the sea and had suspended fishing activities as well as hoisted warning signals at ports.

    Around 7,500 people have been shifted to safer places, and a proper evacuation operation will begin from Tuesday for people residing in villages located within a distance of 10 kilometres from the coast in Kutch-Saurashtra districts, officials said.

    More than 3,000 people were evacuated from 31 villages in Porbandar, while in Devbhumi Dwarka, more than 1,500 people were shifted to safer places. they informed.

    A man walks on the deserted Mandvi beach ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone, in Kutch district, on June 12, 2023.

    “Some 3,000 people, especially fishermen and labourers working at a port, were shifted in Kandla. Residents of some slums near the sea have also been shifted in Mandvi. Around 23,000 people residing in villages within a radius of 10 km from the coast will be moved to (makeshift) shelter homes from Tuesday,” Kutch collector Amit Arora said.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 16:12
    Cyclone Biparjoy to make landfall near Jakhau on June 15

    A general view of dense clouds hovering over the Mandvi city ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone, in Kutch district on June 12, 2023.

    Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ was likely to make landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat’s Kutch district on Thursday afternoon as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ with maximum wind speed reaching up to 150 kilometres per hour, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

    “The cyclone is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port. It will hit Gujarat coast around noon on June 15. It will be preceded by winds with speeds of 135-145 kmph gusting to 150 kmph and extremely heavy rainfall,” said IMD Ahmedabad centre director Manorama Mohanty.

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  • June 12, 2023 15:21
    IMD warns of widespread damage

    People cover speed boats ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone, in Kutch district, on June 12, 2023.

    “Damage expected over Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Morbi & Junagarh & Rajkot districts of Gujarat on June 15. Total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses. Some damage to Pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects,” IMD said.

    The weather office also cautioned about bending and uprooting of power and communication poles.

    It said there may be major damage to “kutcha and pucca roads,” flooding of escape routes. minor disruption of railways and overhead power lines and signalling systems.“Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down of bushy trees like mango. Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings,” it said and added that visibility may be severely affected due to salt spray.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 15:18
    ‘Storm surge’ warning for some Gujarat districts during landfall

    Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Saurashtra and Kutch coasts in Gujarat in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm “Biparjoy” over the east-central and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea.

    The extremely severe cyclonic storm over east-central and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 7 kmph during past six hours and lay centered at 8 am on Monday about 320 km southwest of Porbandar, 360 km south-southwest of Devbhumi Dwarka, 440 km south of Jakhau Port, 440 km south-southwest of Naliya and 620 km south of Karachi (Pakistan).

  • June 12, 2023 14:46
    PM Modi holds review meeting

    The Prime Minister chaired a high-level meeting here to review the preparedness of the Centre as well as the Gujarat government to deal with the situation arising out of the impending cyclone, which is also expected to impact Pakistan.

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  • June 12, 2023 14:33
    Adani Mundra Port issues local warning

    In Dwarka, Harshad village experienced the effects of the cyclone. The water from the sea reached the main markets of the village, creating a flooded situation where water found its way into the shops as well.

    The Adani Mundra Port issued a Local Warning Signal Number 4, indicating a possible danger to the port and its ships on account of Cyclone Biparjoy. Small ships continue to be in use and the big ships have been instructed to remain at sea.

    The city of Navsari experienced rainfall late at night due to the effects of the cyclone. The rain provided respite from the high temperatures and the heat. It is not currently raining there, however, high-speed winds and high tides hit the Navsari coasts, because of which people have been advised to not go near the coast.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 14:09
    High tides hits Gujarat coast, IMD issues orange alert for Kutch, Saurashtra

    Cyclone Biparjoy has rapidly intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is traversing the Arabian Sea at present.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an Orange alert for Cyclone Biparjoy.

    Amidst the cyclone warnings issued, officials at Deendayal Port Authority in Kandla started shifting people in the low-lying areas to shelters in Gandhidham, as updated by the Public Relations Officer of Deendayal Port Authority. Six ships have already left the port, and 11 more will depart tomorrow.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 13:44
    Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft engaging mariners and coastal community by advising safety precautions
  • June 12, 2023 13:39
    High tides seen in Mumbai ahead of landfall

  • June 12, 2023 13:36
    Operations suspended at Gujarat Pipavav Port

    The Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited, in a stock exchange filing on Monday, said operations at its Pipavav Port had been suspended since late evening on Saturday due to “prevailing severe weather conditions”.

    Two of India biggest ports - Mundra and Kandla - are in the Gulf of Kutch, while the Jamnagar refinery, the world’s biggest oil refinery complex owned by Reliance Industries, is based in Saurashtra.

    - Reuters

  • June 12, 2023 13:13
    Authorities hold meeting ahead of the landfall

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    Mandvi Mamlatdar officers during a meeting with local police officials and NDRF teams ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone, in Mandvi of Kutch district

  • June 12, 2023 13:11
    IMD warns of heavy to very heavy rainfall

    The IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall in the districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka and Jamnagar on June 15.

    A few places in other districts of Saurashtra region close to the coast will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, while isolated places in north Gujarat districts will also receive heavy rainfall, the IMD added.

    The IMD has also said storm surge of about 2-3 metres above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas in the above districts during the time of landfall, and wind speed may reach up to 190 kmph in the sea.

    Sea conditions are likely to remain rough to very rough till the evening of Wednesday, and high to phenomenal thereafter till the noon of June 15 before improving, it said.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 12:04
    Section 144 imposed in coastal areas of Kutch

    Gujarat and marine police personnel patrol the Mandvi beach ahead of the landfall of Biparjoy cyclone, in Mandvi of Kutch district, on June 12, 2023.

    Section 144,which bars assembly of persons higher than a figure mandated by authorities, has been imposed in coastal areas of Kutch district, with the local administration working to evacuate people from areas close to the sea in the districts in Saurashtra-Kutch regions.

    Warning signals have been hoisted along the coasts for fishermen, who have been advised not to venture into the central Arabian Sea till June 15, and north Arabian Sea on Monday, officials said, adding fishermen out at sea have been advised to return to the coast.

    The Centre has directed the State government to regulate onshore and offshore activities and mobilise evacuation from coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from districts including Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh and Morbi.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 11:38
    PM Modi to hold meeting to review situation related to Cyclone Biparjoy

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting to review the situation related to Cyclone Biparjoy in the afternoon, sources told PTI.

    In its latest bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ was very likely to move north-northeast and cross Saurashtra and Kutch and adjoining Pakistan coasts between Mandvi (Gujarat) and Karachi (Pakistan) by the June 15 noon as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ with maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 kilometres per hours (kmph) gusting to 150 kmph.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 11:36
    People being shifted to temporary shelters amid Cyclone alert

    Amid the cyclone alert in the state of Gujarat, officials at Deendayal Port Authority in Kandla at Gujarat’s Kutch have started shifting people from low-lying areas to temporary shelters.

    They have been asked to be on alert in case of any emergency situation.

    Om Prakash, the Public Relations Officer of Deendayal Port Authority, in Gujarat’s Kandla said that six ships have left the port and 11 more will be departing tomorrow.

    - ANI

  • June 12, 2023 11:34
    ‘Total suspension of fishing operations’: IMD

    Motorcyclist move past fishing boats shifted on a road due to Cyclone Biparjoy at a harbour in Porbander, Gujarat, on June 11, 2023.

    The IMD has advised total suspension of fishing operations in the region till June 15. It has advised fishermen to not venture into the central Arabian sea till Thursday, the north Arabian sea during June 12-15, and along and off Saurashtra-Kutch coasts till June 15.

    It has further advised those out at sea to return to the coast and regulate offshore and onshore activities judiciously.

    “In view of the above, the state governments are advised to keep a close watch, monitor the situation in their areas regularly and take appropriate precautionary measures. District authorities are advised accordingly,” the IMD said.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 11:30
    Gujarat CM reviews preparation ahead of Cyclone Biparjoy’s landfall

    Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has held a meeting with collectors of coastal districts, representatives of the Army, Navy and Indian Coast Guard and officials of various departments, Relief Commissioner Alok Pandey told reporters.

    He said officials of various departments have been directed to prepare in advance to mitigate the impact of the cyclone in coastal districts and establish coordination to keep casualties to the minimum.

    The CM has assigned the responsibility of coastal districts to senior ministers who will guide the local administration to plan and undertake disaster management works considering the possible impact of the cyclone.

    - PTI

  • June 12, 2023 11:29
    Gujarat prepares for impact as cyclone Biparjoy likely to make landfall between Kutch and Pakistan’s Karachi

    Waves crash against the beachline ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Biparjoy, in Dwarka district, on June 11, 2023.

    The Gujarat government is deploying NDRF and SDRF teams in coastal areas and will set up shelters in six districts as the extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy is likely to make landfall between Kutch district and Pakistan’s Karachi on June 15.

    The exact place where the cyclone will make landfall will become clear in the coming days.

    Kutch, Jamnagar, Morbi, Gir Somnath, Porbandar, and Devbhumi Dwarka districts are likely to be impacted by the cyclone with heavy rainfall and very high wind speed during June 13-15 which may go up to 150 kmph, an official said on Sunday.

    - PTI

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