Cyclone Biporjoy is a powerful storm that formed over the Arabian Sea and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and Pakistan. It is the second-strongest cyclone in Arabian Sea, according to IMD, the strongest being Cyclone Tauktae of 2021.
How did Biporjoy Cyclone get its name?
The name Biporjoy was suggested by Bangladesh and means ‘disaster’ in Bangla. It is pronounced as ‘Biporjoy’.
What is its current status of Biporjoy Cyclone and impact?
As of June 13, 2023, Cyclone Biporjoy has intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” with wind speed of up to 150 kmph. It is expect to make landfall in northwest Gujarat on June 15, around noon, as a “very severe cyclonic storm” with wind speed of 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph. However, some forecasters predict that it could also make landfall in Pakistan.
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The cyclone has already brought strong winds and rain along Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts, affecting flight operations in Mumbai. It has also caused high tidal waves and rough sea conditions along the coastal areas of Mumbai and Gujarat. The India Coast Guard has evacuated 50 personnel from an oil rig in the Arabian Sea due to the approaching cyclone.
The cyclone is likely to cause damage and destruction of thatched houses, power and communication lines, crops and plantations in parts of Gujarat and Pakistan. It may also trigger heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning in some areas.
How is the government preparing for it?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting on June 12 to assess the preparedness for the cyclone. He directed the officials to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and restore them immediately in case of damages. Also instructed them to ensure safe evacuation of people living in vulnerable locations and animals. He assured full support from the central government to the states affected by the cyclone.
The IMD has issued a cyclone alert for Saurashtra and Kutch coast and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 16. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 40 teams in Gujarat and four teams in Diu for rescue and relief operations. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters on standby for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions
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How can you stay safe during any cyclone?
If you are living in an area that is likely to be affected by the cyclone, here are some tips to stay safe:
- Follow the instructions of the local authorities and evacuate if advised.
- Keep your mobile phones charged and carry a power bank if possible.
- Store enough food, water, medicines and other essential items for at least three days.
- Secure your doors, windows and roofs and remove any loose objects that may fly away.
- Stay indoors and away from windows during the cyclone.
- Do not spread or believe any rumours or fake news about the cyclone.
- Avoid going near flooded areas, fallen trees or electric poles.
- After the cyclone passes, check for any injuries or damages and report them to the authorities.
- Do not touch any live wires or broken cables.
Stay alert and stay safe!
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