A powerful cyclone named Biparjoy is forecasted to hit India’s Gujarat state and southern parts of Pakistan this week, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Mandvi in Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan on Thursday afternoon, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 125-135kmph (78-84mph) and gusts up to 150kmph (93mph).
The IMD has advised fishing communities to suspend operations and coastal areas in Gujarat to be evacuated. Major ports and refineries in the region have halted operations. Disaster response teams have been deployed, and precautionary measures are being taken in Pakistan as well. While the full impact is yet to be determined, preparations are underway to minimize the potential damage. In the past, both India and Pakistan have experienced devastating cyclones, causing loss of life and extensive damage. On the positive side, the cyclone’s influence has delayed the monsoon in Kerala but is expected to bring much-needed rainfall to other parts of India.