Cyclone Biparjoy left a trail of destruction in Gujarat’s Kutch and Saurashtra regions as some 1,000 villages are still without power with hundreds of electric poles getting damaged, while several coastal villages were flooded due to heavy rains and incoming seawater, officials said on Friday, a day after the storm made landfall.
Two deaths were reported and 23 people were injured while more than 100 animals died. However, authorities said the deaths had occurred before the landfall incident and were unrelated.
Cyclone Biparjoy (‘biparjoy’ means calamity in Bengali) made landfall along Saurashtra-Kutch coasts near Jakhau around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, bringing incessant rains and wind speeds of as high as 140 kmph. The landfall was over by 2.30 a.m. on Friday.