A storm off the western coast of India has intensified into a strong cyclone, posing a potential threat to India’s Gujarat state and southern parts of Pakistan, according to the country’s weather department.
The cyclone, named Biparjoy, is projected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon between Mandvi in Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted maximum sustained wind speeds of 125-135km/h, with gusts reaching up to 150 km/h.
In response to the cyclone’s approach, the IMD has advised fishing communities to suspend their operations, and the evacuation of residents from the coastal areas of Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch regions is being recommended.
Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of people in the potentially affected regions.