Biparjoy Intensifies into a Cyclonic Storm Today; South-West Monsoons Set in Kerala


Due to Cyclone Biparjoy, heavy rainfall is predicted for the next 3-4 days over heavy rainfall over Andaman & Nicobar Island, Kerala, South Interior Karnataka, Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh

Cyclone Biparjoy, meaning disaster or calamity has derived its name from Bangladesh and growing with more speed over the Arabian Sea area. The outer band of this cyclone will give heavy rains in Mumbai by the weekend. A warning of strong windy conditions has been issued to all southwestern states of India and a warning of heavy rainfall has been issued in Kerala,  Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. Its effect will also be felt by countries adjoining the Arabian Sea, including India, Oman, Iran and Pakistan. High waves in the range of 2.3-3.2 metres along the coast from Mangaluru to Karwar as predicted by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

With fishermen being warned not to go near the sea, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a 12-hour high alert in Mumbai. The government is actively taking steps to keep everything under control and minimise damage too. As the cyclone centred around 1,060 km southwest of Gujarat’s coastal district of Porbandar, the Gujarat Government said it was completely ready and equipped to deal with any natural calamities happening. This morning the IMDtweetede, “VSCS BIPARJOY over east-central Arabian Sea, lay centred at 0530hrs IST of 08th June, near lat 13.9N & long 66.0E, about 860km west-southwest of Goa, 910km southwest of Mumbai, would intensify further & move north-northwestwards”.

Mahesh Palawat, the vice president of Meteorology at Skymet said, “The onset of Southwest monsoon is already delayed by six days and due to the development of the cyclonic storm, the arrival of monsoon over the Kerala coast could be delayed by another two-three days”. In an earlier released statement, they had said, “India is expected to get normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon season despite the evolving El Nino conditions”. About the onset of monsoons in Kerela, they said, “The southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala today, June 8,”. It is to be noted that this is a week later than the usual onset of monsoons in Kerala.

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