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Biparjoy Updates : The severity of the storm diminished, leaving 1,000 villages in Gujarat without electricity

Cyclone Biparjoy, which lashed Kutch-Saurashtra region of Gujarat, has left a trail of destruction as it damaged 5,120 electricity poles and rendered 4,600 villages without power even as the authorities said that no loss of human life has been reported.

Power supply has been restored in 3,580 villages, while more than 1,000 others are still without electricity. Gusty yanked thousands of trees, some centuries-old, left communication towers collapsed, toppled electricity and transmission poles and flattened kutchha houses.

The cyclone will weaken further into a deep depression around Friday evening. Several areas of Jalore and Barmer districts in Rajasthan also witnessed heavy rain due to the cyclone, which moved towards the desert state following its landfall in Gujarat.

“Restoration work on the uprooted electric poles and trees as well as road clearing has started. The cyclone killed 94 animals and left 34 people dead.” – Alok Pandey, Relief Commissioner, Gujarat

Biparjoy: Two lion cubs were rescued from a well by more than 200 teams stationed in Gir Forest, Kutch, for wildlife emergencies.

An official stated on Friday that the Gujarat government had sent more than 200 personnel to the Gir Forest and Kutch District to handle issues involving Asiatic lions and other wildlife during the landfall of Cyclone Biparjoy. Two lion cubs that had fallen into an open well in Gir East division’s Jasadhar Range during the cyclone’s arrival on Thursday evening were rescued by one of the teams.

Near Bhavanipar hamlet in Bhuj, a small bridge washed away in the heavy rain and gusts brought on by Cyclone Biparjoy.

“Mundra, Mandvi, Naliya, and Jakhau are experiencing brisk winds and torrential rain. To be able to respond quickly wherever there is a need, police are stationed and deployed anywhere throughout the area.

So far, there have been no recorded casualties. We request that people wait to leave their homes until the cyclone has completely subsided” :  Inder Singh Vaghela,SP Bhuj