Chief Minister reviews details of the situation from senior officials, including the
Due to advance planning of the state government and constant guidance of
Hon’ble Chief Minister and joint efforts of all departments, major casualties were
avoided in Gujarat: Relief Commissioner Mr. Alok Kumar Pandey
Due to the robust planning of the State Government, there were no casualties
during the cyclone
More than one lakh citizens were relocated from the affected areas to safer
This is one of the largest evacuations in the history of Gujarat.
Thousands of lives have been saved after fighting against the natural calamity for
almost five days.
All 1137 fallen trees have been removed so far and 260 roads have been
Due to strong winds, power was cut in more than 4600 villages, out of which
electricity was restored in 3580 villages.
Gandhinagar, 16th June 2023: Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel
assembled in the State Emergency Operation Center on Friday morning to overview
the situation in the affected districts after Cyclone Biparjoy hit the coast of Gujarat
on Thursday night. He held a meeting with the Chief Secretary including the high
officials of various departments at SEOC in detail.
Commissioner of Relief Shri Alok Pandey while giving the details of the review
meeting said that under the guidance of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra
Patel, and the coordination between concerned departments, the state was braced
for facing the cyclonic effects and has not reported any casualties till now. As part of
its strategic and advanced planning, Gujarat Government relocated more than one
lakh citizens to safer places. “This is one of the largest evacuations in Gujarat’s
history. Today we have been able to save thousands of lives after facing a natural
calamity for almost five days.”
He added that Hon’ble Chief Minister received detailed information about the
district-wise situation from the high officials of various departments present at the
meeting. As a result of the cyclone, instructions were given including immediate
restoration of water, communication systems, electricity, and roads in the affected
districts. Apart from this, the higher officials were also asked to get the preliminary
damage estimate and decide like cash hold, household chattel, shack assistance,
and animal assistance for the affected.
Commissioner of Relief Shri Alok Pandey shared that the districts affected by the
cyclone have suffered economic and environmental damage however they will
recover shortly. As many as 1137 trees were fallen obstructing 263 roads. As of now,
the fallen trees have been removed and 260 roads have been restored, the
remaining 3 will be recovered shortly.
He added that as many as 5,120 power poles fell in the affected districts due to
strong winds, causing power outages in more than 4,600 villages, out of which
electricity has been restored in 3,580 villages. PGVCL teams are continuously
working to restore electricity to the rest of the villages despite the ongoing rain.
Giving information about the damage, he said that 20 kutcha houses, 9 pucca
houses, and about 65 huts have completely collapsed in the affected districts. While
as many as 474 Kutcha houses and 2 Pucca houses have been partially damaged.
As per the weather forecast from Meteorological Department, cyclone Biparjoy will
cross Gujarat in the evening, after which the wind speed will gradually decrease. It is
expected to witness heavy rainfall in the affected areas like Kutch, Dwarka, Patan,
and Banaskantha among other regions.
Chief Principal Secretary to CM, Shri K. Kailashnathan, Chief Secretary to CM, Shri
Rajkumar, Additional Chief Secretaries of Health, and Revenue Department along
with other senior officials and secretaries were present in the review meeting.