Cyclone Nisarga: Maharashtra and Gujarat on alert, Dos and don’ts; details inside

Caused by a deep depression in the Arabian Sea, Cyclone Nisarga is expected to get more serious tonight. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it will hit North Maharashtra, Gujarat and Daman by early morning on Wednesday. Cyclone Nisarga is the second cyclone to hit the country within a month after Cyclone Amphan. The speed of Cyclone Nisarga will be 90-105kmph as predicted by IMD. “Very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours,” said the IMD on Tuesday afternoon. It will be the first cyclone to hit the financial capital of the country, Mumbai during June since 1891.

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On Tuesday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackery confirmed that ten teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are ready for rescue operations in the view of Cyclone Nisarga. “Out of the 16 NDRF units, 10 have been deployed for rescue operation during the cyclone, and 6 SDRF units are in reserve,” he said.

He has also appealed to the fishermen not to venture in the sea. Considering the havoc caused by Cyclone Amphan a few weeks ago in West Bengal and Odisha, Cyclone Nisarga could pose many difficult challenges to Maharashtra which is already struggling with the highest number of Coronavirus cases.

NDRF Chief SN Pradhan said, “Gujarat has asked for five more teams. By this evening, 15 NDRF teams would be deployed in Gujarat and two are on standby. Ten teams are deployed in Maharashtra and six teams are on standby. Evacuation process and awareness drive have been initiated.” Around 20,000 people from the nearby villages of Gujarat have been evacuated.

The weather department has already alerted a few districts. It said, “Mumbai and Palgar, Thane, Raigad districts in Maharashtra will witness more than 20 cm rains in next 24 hours.”

Mumbai, Palgarh, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane and Nasik districts of Maharashtra, Daman district of the union territory of Daman and Dui, Silvassa district of Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Valsad district of Gujarat have been issued flood alert by the Central Water Commission.

A 24×7 control room has been set up, IMD, Army, Airforce and Navy are instructed to ensure coordination.
Bombay Municipal Corporation has tweeted a list of dos and don’ts to follow in such times. Have a look:

We hope the loss of life and infrastructure is minimal.