Cyclone Biparjoy weakened from a very intense cyclone to a very intense cyclone on Tuesday but kept on its way to Gujarat’s Saurashtra-Kutch coast, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) expecting Biparjoy to make landfall on 15 June, Western Railway, canceled 67 trains and short or short originated 43 more as a precautionary measure.

Biparjoy was an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) as of 5:30 p.m. Monday with maximum sustained winds of 160 to 170 kilometers per hour (kph) reaching 190 kph. However, it had weakened to a very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS) by 11:30 am on Monday, with winds from 155 to 165 kph down to 185 as it neared the coast.

According to the weather forecast issued by the International Institute for Human Development at 5.30 am on Tuesday, the wind speed is expected to decrease more than 140 km per hour to 155 km per hour to 165 km per hour by 11:30 am on Tuesday.

Even as the cyclone’s intensity decreased, the IMD continued its orange alert for Saurashtra-Kutch coast as Biparjoy is likely to bring heavy rains, and strong winds of 45-55kph to 65kph. According to the IMD forecast, Biparjoy is likely to make landfall near Jakhau Port in Kutch between Mandvi in ​​Kutch and Karachi in Pakistan around noon on June 15 as a very intense cyclone, with sustained winds of 125 to 135 kmph with gusts to 150 Km per hour.

As the cyclone is likely to affect Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhumi Dwarka coastal districts, Jamnagar and Morbi in Saurashtra and Kutch district, Western Railways canceled 67 trains till 14th or 15th June while it was short-haul 23 and decided to construct 20 short-haul trains Other trains passing through the area are likely to be affected by cyclonic weather. They include local and long-haul trains.

Meanwhile, many parts of Saurashtra experienced overnight rains with heavy rains falling on the coast other than Somnath and Junagadh.

The Gujarat government has decided to start evacuating people from vulnerable areas up to five kilometers inland from Tuesday onwards, and will evacuate people living in kochcha huts and houses up to 10 kilometers inland from Wednesday. By Monday evening, more than 8,000 people had been moved to temporary hurricane shelters as a precaution. Schools in the six coastal regions have also been ordered to close from Tuesday onwards.

Union Minister Mansukh Mandavia is due to go to Bhuj, the district headquarters of Kutch to monitor the situation.


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