Maharashtra, Gujarat ready to face cyclone Nisarga amid lockdown
Mumbai : Disturbance in Arabian Sea that turned into a severe cyclone, named Nisarga, will be making the landfall along with the coastal areas in Gujarat and Mumbai today (June 3).
It intensified into a cyclonic storm from a deep depression on Tuesday evening, said the India Meteorological Department, adding that it is likely to further strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.
At the time of landfall, it is likely to be having strong wind speeds ranging between 105-110 kmph, causing heavy rains in the coastal Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Constant drizzling has been reported in areas like Parel, Mulund, Goregaon Vasai Road, Navi Mumbai reported drizzle since early evening. Districts including Palghar, Greater Mumbai, Raigad and Mumbai have been put on alert.
Meanwhile, areas like Valsad, Bhavnagar, and Amreli are also likely to receive showers overnight, IMD said.
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the cyclone could induce flash floods in Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Thane, Mumbai and Nashik, and tidal waves in the coastal regions of north Maharashtra and south Gujarat, CNBC TV18 reported.
33 NDRF teams have been deployed in the coastal areas of Maharashtra to act swiftly on any kind of mishappening due to cyclone Nisarga.
In a video message, NDRF Director General (DG) SN Pradhan said, "Gujarat and Maharashtra have 11 and 10 teams respectively and they are being deployed in the coastal districts facing the Arabian Sea".
On Gujarat's request, five more teams are being airlifted to the state from Punjab, he said.
Gujarat will have a total of 17 NDRF teams, including two on standby, and neighbouring Maharashtra 16 teams, including six on standby, he said.
"This will constitute a total of 33 teams in the two states," the officer said.
The BMC has released a list of Dos and Don'ts during the landfall.