Emergency Obs. Request Information
- Disaster Type: Storm
- Country: India
- Occurrence Date (UTC): 15 June, 2023
- SA activation Date(UTC): 14 June, 2023
- Requester: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
- Escalation to the International Charter: No
- GLIDE Number: TC-2023-000095-IND
Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as India and Pakistan brace for the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy, which is expected to make landfall in densely populated areas across the subcontinent Thursday, putting millions of lives at risk.
Biparjoy has been churning across the northeastern Arabian Sea, heading toward southern Pakistan and western India since late last week, with winds of 160 kph (100 mph) and gusts up to 195 kph (121 mph). It has weakened slightly since Tuesday, sustaining winds of 150 kph (90 mph), equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane.
Landfall is expected Thursday afternoon local time, bringing the triple threat of heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal storm surges across the region, according to the India Meteorological Department.
In India’s Gujarat state, about 21,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas, according to the state’s relief commissioner, Alok Kumar Pandey. Livestock have also been moved to higher ground, he said, adding some schools have been ordered to shut and fishing suspended.
Heavy rainfall warnings are in place over the northern Gujarat region, where total rainfall may reach 10 inches, leading to flash flooding and landslides.
In neighboring Maharashtra state, home to about 27 million people and a sizable fishing community, strong winds are expected to hit parts of the financial capital Mumbai. High waves slammed into coastal roads this week, turning roads into rivers.
(Source: CNN, 14-Jun-2023 edition)
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