Cyclone Nisarga, which is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, is likely to make a landfall near Alibaug in Raigad district of Maharashtra close to Mumbai, and bring moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat. This is the second storm to hit the country within a fortnight after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in several districts of West Bengal.
Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been already deployed at various places to tackle the impact of the cyclone in the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is likely to have a sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph at the time of landfall.
Cyclone Nisarga currently lies as a deep depression 450 km from Mumbai, 280 km from Goa’s capital city Panaji and 670 km from Surat in Gujarat. It is now slated to further intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 6 hours and then into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 12 hours before making a landfall.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the system intensified into a deep depression at 5:30 am on Tuesday.
The IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra also said that the cyclonic storm will affect the coastal districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, more than Gujarat and neighbouring states.
“As per our predictions, Maharashtra coastal districts like Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad, Mumbai and Palgarh will be more affected by it.”
The Central Water Commission has sounded flood alert for Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane, Mumbai, Palgarh and Nasik districts of Maharashtra, Daman district of the union territory of Daman and Diu, Silvassa district of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Valsad district of Gujarat.
There could be inundation in low lying areas, townships, and city areas. Wind speed could also cause damage to trees, telephone, and electric poles, Mohapatra warned.
Due to its influence, the east central Arabian Sea and south east Arabian Sea is currently rough. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till Thursday near Kerala, Lakshadweep, coastal Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.