IMD issues warning, says Cyclone Biparjoy to intensify in the next 48 hours; monsoon onset likely in Kerala

New Delhi, June 8 : The Meterological Department (IMD) issued a warning Thursday and said that Cyclone ‘Biparjoy' is turning into a severe cyclonic storm and is likely to intensify further during the next 48 hours. IMD said the cyclone will move north-northwestwards during the next three days. However, the IMD has not yet predicted any major impact on countries adjoining the Arabian Sea, including India, Oman, Iran, and Pakistan. The department also said that monsoon onset over Kerala is likely in the next 48 hours, although it is expected to be weak on account of Cyclone Biparjoy. The Gujarat government said it was fully prepared to deal with the possibility of natural calamities. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the Arabian sea till June 14. This is the second cyclone to form within three weeks in the North Indian Ocean. Cyclone Mocha, which formed in the Bay of Bengal, barrelled into Bangladesh and Myanmar causing massive destruction. In 2021, Cyclone Yaas had formed at the time of the monsoon onset.