Intense waves batter coastal homes in western India, resulting in water inundation
Location Mangrol, Junagadh, western India's Gujarat. Date: 2023-06-11
Coastal homes flooded as powerful waves hit amidst strong currents in western India’s Gujarat.
The incident took place at Mangrol in Junagadh city on June 11.
Visuals showed an area struck by the flood, and even the makeshift houses of people were inundated with water, causing severe damage. People were frantically fleeing their homes with their children as strong currents were also present.
A cyclonic storm, named Biparjoy, has developed in the Arabian Sea. On June 8 afternoon, it was stationed about 850 km west of Goa and 900 km southwest of Mumbai. The cyclone is predicted to gain in strength over the next three days and develop into a very severe cyclonic storm by June 13.
The Gujarat government has declared holidays for schools in coastal Kutch, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka and Junagadh districts in the state’s Saurashtra region as a precautionary measure as Cyclone Biparjoy continued its march towards the state Monday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an Orange alert for Saurashtra and Kutch coasts, saying the cyclone will make landfall on the Kutch coast on June 15.
Officers said schools in Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar and Junagadh districts will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, while those in Kutch have been asked to stay shut from June 13 to June 15 as the extremely severe cyclonic storm continued to approach the Saurashtra coast.