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Cyclone Nisarga: 20,000 people evacuated from Valsad and Navsari

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The Valsad and Navsari district administrations has begun evacuating close to 20,000 people from 47 villages on the state’s coastline as it braces for Cyclone Nisarga. Earlier the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Tuesday indicated that the cyclone may not make a landfall on the Gujarat coast but the state will be subject to severe strong winds and heavy rainfall particularly in the coastal belt. The evacuation has been done as part of a precautionary measure.

“We have deployed our teams to shift nearly 10,000 people living in 35 coastal villages and have identified shelter homes for them,” Valsad Collector RR Raval was quoted by a news agency. In Navsari district, evacuation has happened from 12 villages.

As per an IMD release, the deep depression over east- central Arabian Sea is currently around 670 km from Surat and may intensify into a cyclonic storm in next six hours. In the subsequent 12 hours, it will turn into a severe cyclonic storm and “cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibaug of Maharashtra during the afternoon of June 3, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph,” it said.

The met department has said the cyclone will make a landfall near Alibaug, that is in between north Maharashtra and south Gujarat. As many as 14 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the coastal region. Five more teams will be airlifted soon.