India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that tropical cyclone Nisarga has headed for the Maharashtra coast, and is going to make landfall on June 3 close to Mumbai.
“Depression over east-central Arabian Sea lay near latitude 14.4deg N and longitude 71.2deg E about 300 km west-southwest of Panjim, 550 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 770 km south-southwest of Surat,” the IMD added.
The organisation has advised, “fishermen not to venture into the southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area and along and off Kerala coast during next 48 hours; east-central Arabian Sea and along with off Karnataka-Goa coasts till June 3 east-central the Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra coast and the northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast during June 3-4.”
Yesterday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said it has positioned nine teams in vulnerable districts – three in Mumbai, two in Palghar, one in Thane, one in Raigad, one in Ratnagiri and one in Sindhudurg.
Here are the live updates on Cyclone Nisarga:
Maharashtra: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams deployed in Palghar conduct survey in the district and take stock of the situation, in view of impending severe cyclone. pic.twitter.com/Uba1CDerAc
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- Fishermen have been asked to come back from the sea and respective district collectors have been asked to ensure there is no loss of life, a stame from the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office said.
- Hospitals that are not treating coronavirus patients will be made available for those needing medical assistance, it added.
- The storm may cause major damage to thatched houses, huts, power and communication lines and coastal crops, the weather department has said.
- Steps are being taken to ensure there is no disruption of power supply at a time when the state is battling the coronavirus crisis and thousands of patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, the NDRF said on Monday.
- Tropical storm “Nisarga”, which is headed towards the coasts in Maharashtra and Gujarat, is likely to intensify into a cyclone in the next 12 hours and is expected to make a landfall close to Mumbai tomorrow.
- This would be the first cyclonic storm to impact India’s financial capital, which has logged over 41,000 coronavirus cases so far, since 1882.
- It may further intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” in the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department or IMD said this morning.
- Mumbai and neighbouring districts have been placed on high alert.