cyclone storm hits in Gujarat
Cyclonic storm Biparjoy wreaked havoc in the Sauarashtra-Kutch region after hitting the land on Thursday evening at approximately 6:30 pm, with wind speeds ranging from 115 to 125 kmph.
According to officials, at least 22 individuals were injured, and the strong winds caused extensive uprooting of trees, leading to power supply disruptions in around 940 villages. Additionally, low-lying coastal areas experienced flooding.
Relief Commissioner Alok Pandey reported that 20 electricity poles and 524 trees fell in over 900 villages in Kutch and Saurashtra. In Dwarka, the highest number of fallen trees was recorded, but no casualties have been reported thus far. The cyclonic storm also claimed the lives of 23 animals.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Thursday night to inquire about the situation in the state after the powerful cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ made landfall. The Prime Minister specifically asked about the measures taken by the state administration to ensure the safety of wildlife, particularly the lions in the Gir forest.