Gujarat: Cyclone Biparjoy triggers Armed Forces on alert

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On Wednesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assessed the preparedness of the Armed Forces in response to the impending cyclone’s effects.

Under the influence of cyclone Biparjoy, Mumbai witnesses the pounding of high tidal waves along its shore. (Photo by PTI)

In anticipation of Cyclone Biparjoy’s landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat’s Kutch district on Thursday evening, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held discussions with the three service chiefs on Wednesday.

During the meeting, he assessed the preparedness of the Armed Forces to effectively handle the cyclone’s impact.

Emphasizing their readiness, Rajnath Singh assured that the Armed Forces were fully equipped to provide assistance and tackle any situation or contingency arising from the cyclone.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has designated a total of 33 teams to carry out relief and rescue operations in Gujarat and Maharashtra as Cyclone Biparjoy approaches.

In Gujarat, there are 18 NDRF teams deployed, with four teams in Kutch district, three in Rajkot and Devbhumi Dwarka each, two in Jamnagar, and one each in Porbandar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Morbi, Valsad, and Gandhinagar.

Additionally, a team has been stationed in Diu, which is surrounded by Gir Somnath and Amreli districts of Gujarat and the Arabian Sea.

In Maharashtra, there are a total of 14 NDRF teams, with five deployed in Mumbai and the remaining teams on standby.

Each team consists of approximately 35-40 personnel equipped with tools such as tree and pole cutters, electric saws, inflatable boats, as well as basic medicines and relief items.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has decided to cancel his scheduled visit to Telangana on Thursday, June 15, due to the approaching Cyclone Biparjoy.

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay made the announcement, stating that the severe cyclonic conditions in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have led to the postponement of the public meeting. Instead, Amit Shah will be closely monitoring the rescue operations in the states affected by the cyclone.

Cyclone Biparjoy is currently heading towards the Gujarat coast, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warning of an increase in rainfall intensity as the cyclone nears on June 15.

The districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, and Jamnagar are expected to experience extremely heavy rains at isolated places.

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