Several coastal districts in the state including Bhavnagar and Amreli have been put on high alert due to Nisarga Cyclone that is headed towards Gujarat. 10 NDRF teams have also been moved to deal with the repercussions of the cyclone. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani chaired a meeting of officials to oversee the preparations for the cyclinic situation. The meeting was held at the StateEmergency Centre. This was the first time that the CM stepped out of the Chief Minister’s bungalow since the lockdown began.
The IMD had warned of a cyclonic storm developing off the eastern coast of India and that it would hit Maharashtra and Gujarat by June 3.
The cyclone is expected to be less severe than Amphan that hit West Bengal and Odisha and led to large scale destruction.
Earlier on May 30, fishermen in the coastal areas of Gujarat were warned not to venture into the sea for fishing owing to the possibility of a severe cyclone. Saurashtra and other parts of Gujarat had reported strong winds with particular warnings being issued for Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Morbi and Jafrabad. A Signal 1 was also issued for Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Jafrabad and Morbi coastal areas. Signal 1 means a low pressure area is forming at sea and the wind speed could be 60km/hr. It is a warning of high wind speed but also means that the port may not be affected.