Cyclone Nisarga To Make Landfall Tomorrow, Mumbai On Red Alert
New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department has cautioned that the cyclonic storm Nisarga, which has transformed into a depression in the Arabian Sea, will hit Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3. This cyclonic storm could be the first tropical cyclone in 129 years to hit Maharashtra in the month of June.
At the moment, the storm is concocting in the Arabian sea near Lakshadweep. Earlier, the IMD had issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane and a red alert for Palgarh. The threat of this dangerous cyclone comes when already the life-threatening virus has trapped this state and a dramatic rise in its number of COVID-19 cases can be seen — already past the mark of 70,000.
The IMD said this morning, "The depression over the eastcentral Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past 06 hours intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, the 02nd June 2020 over Eastcentral Arabian Sea near latitude 15.0 N and longitude 71.2 E about 280 km west-southwest of Panjim (Goa), 490 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 710 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat)."
"It is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours and further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 06 hours and recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman during the afternoon of 03rd June," the statement further read.
On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through video conferencing and reviewed the state's preparedness, the Chief Minister's office said.
NDRF Director-General S N Pradhan said, "Nisarga is a severe cyclone and we're expecting a wind speed of 90-100 kmph, which I think is negotiable. Still, as a precautionary measure, we are going to start the evacuation of people from the coastal areas of the two states (Maharashtra and Gujarat) soon."
NDRF deploys teams in Palghar to conduct survey ahead of the impending cyclone.
A statement from the Maharashtra Chief Minister's office said, fishermen have been urged to come back from the sea and several district collectors have been asked to guarantee there is no loss of life. Adding to that it said, hospitals that are not treating COVID-19 patients will be made available for those needing medical assistance.
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