Tropical cyclone biparjoy

  • More than 40,000 people evacuated.
  • Cyclone will hit ground on 15th June, 2023.
  • At present the speed of cyclone is constantly increasing.
  • Government taking many precautionary measures.

Cyclone Mocha was the 1st Cyclone of 2023, in the Bay of Bengal. Now the second cyclone of 2023 is almost here. This cyclone originated in the Arabian Sea and will affect the western coast of India mainland. 

Indian Meteorological Department (Ministry of Earth Sciences) has issued a detailed warning with its bulletin no. 59 (ARB/01/2023) dated 13.06.2023. The wind speed of the Biparjoy Cyclone is 165 km/h, at 1 pm on 14th June 2023 and coastal areas of Gujarat are already experiencing heavy rainfall. The cyclone is expected to hit the coastal regions at 110km/h. Taking precautionary measures, the western railways have cancelled many trains between Gujrat and Mumbai. Government agencies have also started evacuating people from the coastal areas of Kutch and Saurashtra. So far more than 40,000 people have been evacuated. 

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As per the report, surrounding states may also experience the effects. 

Why are cyclones given names?

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has issued an order to name the cyclones. This is fine to avoid confusion, in case multiple cyclones are in the region. This practice also helps in quick identification and better warning messages because names are comparatively easier to remember than technical codes and numbers. 

Who named this cyclone?

The cyclone Biparjoy is pronounced ‘Biporjoy’. This is a Bangla name that is recommended by Bangladesh. This word means disaster. 

Eight countries were selected for naming the cyclones that originate in the Indian Ocean region. So, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, all these countries have contributed a set of names to the World Meteorological Organisation. These names will be used in a sequential manner for cyclones that originate in the Indian Ocean region.

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