Mumbai, June 03, 2020: The IMD on Wednesday, 3 June, said that Cyclone ’Nisarga’ has intensified into a "severe cyclonic storm" and lay centered at 0530 Hrs IST. It is approaching North Maharashtra coast with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours and expected to make landfall near Alibag in the afternoon.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday appealed to the citizens to stay indoors for the next two days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and spoke with him along with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani over cyclone situation. He assured all possible central help to both the states.
"Cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall near Alibaug tomorrow. At the time of landfall, wind speed is expected to be 100 kmph. Palghar, Pune, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Dhule and Nandurbar, Nashik are expected to receive heavy rainfall," Dr Anupam Kashyapi of IMD in Pune was quoted by ANI as saying.
IndiGo has cancelled 17 flights to and from Mumbai, to only operate three flights from Mumbai on 3 June
Mumbai and other coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat are on alert
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have already been deployed in both the states
The deep depression in the Arabian Sea first intensified into a cyclone and has now turned into a severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said on Wednesday
NDRF Chief said people from the coastal areas of the two states will be evacuated
Cyclone Nisarga Approaching North Maharashtra Coast
According to IMD’s recent bulletin, Cyclone Nisarga is approaching north Maharashtra coast with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours. It is 155 km south-southwest of Alibag and 200 km south-southwest of Mumbai.
20 NDRF Teams in Maharashtra
According to NDRF, 20 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Maharashtra out of which Mumbai has 8 teams, Raigad 5 teams, Palghar 2 teams, Thane 2 teams (1 enroute), Ratnagiri 2 teams and Sindhudurg 1 team, reports ANI.
Evacuation at Koliwada, Alibaug
NDRF teams conducted evacuation of population in very early morning hours of 3 June at Koliwada, Alibaug, Maharashtra, ANI cited NDRF Director General SN Pradhan.
Indian Navy Ready With Resources to Deal With Cyclone Nisarga
Western Naval Command has mobilised adequate resources for flood relief, rescue and diving assistance in the event of excessive rainfall and flooding of both, urban and rural areas in coordination with the respective State Governments on the Western seaboard, the Indian Navy stated.
Indian Navy further added, “With the cyclonic storm Nisarga brewing in the Arabian Sea, all teams have been put on alert and are in readiness to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) during the storm period.”