Following the storm’s weakening, more than 100,000 people who had sought refuge from Cyclone Biparjoy at relief shelters in western India have started to return home, according to the authorities.
More than 130 people had left a government-run shelter in the coastal village of Jakhau, where the storm made landfall in India’s Gujarat state on Thursday, by lunchtime on Saturday.
While many areas had their electricity back, according to officials, about 1,500 villages were still without it. The storm uprooted trees and electricity poles after it made landfall in Gujarat’s coastal districts, affecting hundreds of villages.
Amad, a dealer who only goes by one name and hires boats to fisherman in Jakhau, said, “It was very frightening, and we anticipated huge damage.”
But happily, nature’s fury wasn’t as severe as we had feared.
Except for the uprooting of trees, power poles, and minor damage to certain residences, he claimed there had been no significant damage to the village.
“Our workers are trying to restore drinking water and electricity on the ground. According to Kamal Dayani, Gujarat’s revenue secretary, repairing damaged roads and other physical infrastructure is also being done on a priority basis.
Through Gujarat’s coastal regions, the storm’s wind gusts reached 105 kph (65 mph) and sustained winds of 85 kph (53 mph).
Early on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department said that the cyclone had reduced to a deep depression and was predicted to diminish even further during the next twelve hours.
Gujarat’s damage’s entire magnitude was not immediately clear.