Nisarga: Here’s everything you need to know about the dreaded cyclone

Well, to be brutally honest, 2020 wasn’t off to a great start either. From the rumors of World War 3 to Australian bush fires depleting the ozone layer to a very real possibility of an asteroid attack, we thought nothing could get worse. That was of course till the Coronavirus hit our countries. The world was (and I guess is still) a little shaken by what’s happening across the globe. Never in a million years would we have imagined being cooped up in the confines of our homes and watch as the virus continues to consume and devour the whole world. Soon after that, we welcomed the destruction by Locusts and now a big caution NISARG, a dangerous and oldest cyclone.

According to India Meteorological Department, a tropical cyclonic storm called Nisarga is developing in the Arabian Sea and is headed for the Maharashtra Coast. The cyclone is expected to intensify into severe cyclonic storm within the next 12 hours.

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So, here is everything you need to know about Cyclone ‘Nisarga’:

  • Nisarga might affect areas including Harihareshwar, Raigad, Palghar, Thane, Dhule, Nandurbar and Nashik, between 3rd and 4th June.
  • The cyclone is assumed to head towards the coastline of north Maharashtra and south Gujarat – between Harihareshwar in Raigard District.
  • The coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat are likely to experience high winds and heavy rainfall.
  • According to IANS, the cyclone is likely to turn into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ by June 3 with the wind speed of 100-110 Km/h gusting to 120 Km/h.
  • 16 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have been deployed in the danger-prone areas in Maharashtra, while 6 others have been kept on standby to tackle other possibilities. 17 teams have been stationed in Gujarat and other areas as well.
  • Fishermen and people residing nearby sea area are informed to take shelter away from the sea for a few days.