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Pakistan avoids brunt, India lashed by Biparjoy

The cyclone has slowed down to a category 1 level
A GIF showing Biparjoy’s curving path away from India towards Pakistan on June 16 at 8 am. Photo via Zoom Earth.
A GIF showing Biparjoy’s curving path away from India towards Pakistan on June 16 at 8 am. Photo via Zoom Earth.

Pakistan’s coastline was largely spared from the brunt of Biparjoy’s landfall on Thursday, though winds and rains were still expected to hit multiple districts.

The cyclone made landfall in the Indian state of Gujarat, causing widespread destruction.

Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas and Umarkot will see heavy rain accompanied with strong gusts of wind till June 17.

The storm has also weakened into category-1 classification, with winds of 125 km/h and waves 10-15 feet high, NDMA said. The Authority also said that all departments continued to be on high alert.

However, the effects in India were much more severe.

Roofs were blown off houses and trees and electric poles uprooted in several parts of India’s western state of Gujarat as a severe cyclone made landfall overnight and heavy rain continued to lash the coast early on Friday.

No casualties were reported in India.

Biparjoy, which means ‘disaster’ or ‘calamity’ in the Bengali language, made landfall near Jakhau, a port in Gujarat that is close to the border with Pakistan, weather officials said.

India’s weather department warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat and the neighbouring state of Rajasthan through Friday. Pakistan’s weather department said moderate to heavy rain was expected in the Hyderabad, Nooriabad and Thatta regions.

Biparjoy weakened after hitting land with a wind speed of 105 km per hour (65.24 miles per hour) to 115 kmph (136.7 mph) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director general at the India Meteorological Department said on Friday.

Local television showed visuals of uprooted trees, people sheltering against strong winds and debris lying on roads in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Biparjoy was classified as a category one storm, the least severe on a scale of one to five.

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