The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert in Kutch and Saurashtra for Cyclone Biparjoy. “Cyclone Alert for Sourashtra and Kutch Coast: Orange Message.ESCS BIPARJOY at 0530 IST of today over east-central and adjoining NE Arabian Sea near lat 19.2N and long 67.7E, about 380km SSW of Devbhumi Dwarka. To cross near Jakhu Port, Gujarat, by noon of 15 June,”tweeted IMD. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also hold a meeting to review the situation related to 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. KD Lakhani, the DM of Porbander, also issued a statement on the preparations for the cyclone. “No fishing permits have been given since June by the fishery department. We are working with NGOs and the government, and are prepared to provide relief to areas affected by heavy rainfall,” said Lakhani in an update.
In Dwarka, Harshad village experienced the effects of the cyclone. High-speed winds and high tidal waves were seen in Gujarat’s Navsari and Valsad. Meanwhile, the cyclone continued to bring high tidal waves to the coast of Maharashtra.