AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: With Cyclone Biparjoy expected to dramatically tilt eastwards and head towards Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department on Sunday said the storm was likely to make landfall between Mandvi in Kutch district and Karachi in Pakistan around noon on June 15 as a “very severe cyclonic storm” with winds gusting to 145kmph.
So far it was believed that the cyclone – which intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” over the east-central Arabian Seaon Sunday afternoon – would head northwards towards Pakistan.If the forecast is accurate, this would be thesecond major cyclone to hit the Gujarat coast in two years, after Tauktae had made landfall near Una in May 2021 and had caused widespread damage. However, loss of lives was minimised due to timely movement of people.

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Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel convened a high-level meeting on Sunday to reviewed preparedness and decided to send senior ministers to districts most likely to be affected.

About 1,500 people were evacuated from Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch districts from areas close to the coast as part of precautions that the local administration has begun to take. Meanwhile, a yellow alert for gusty winds was issued for Mumbai and Thane on Sunday.

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