Cyclone intensified in Maharashtra; Flood alert in Mumbai and Thane


Mumbai : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that Cyclone Nisarga, a deep depression in the Arabian Sea, has intensified into a cyclonic storm.

According to the latest information from the weather bureau, it will further turn into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight and cross north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district and Daman on early Wednesday morning, It should be mentioned here that just a week back, Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal and Odisha is bracing for another severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Nisarga currently lies as a depression 400 km from Mumbai, 280 km from Goa’s capital city and 710 km from Surat district in Gujarat, informs the weather bureau.

It was said that Cyclone Nisarga would be the first cyclonic storm to impact Mumbai during June since 1891. The financial capital of the country is already severely affected by coronavirus pandemic with over 40,000 cases.

Meanwhile, ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue operations in view of the cyclone that is expected to storm on Wednesday morning.

The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that an alert has been issued for Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. The government also said precautions will be taken during relief work given the prevalence of COVID-19. “Out of the 16 NDRF units, 10 have been deployed for rescue operation during the cyclone, and 6 SDRF units are in reserve,” the Chief Minister’s Office said.

The Central Water Commission has issued a flood alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palgarh, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Nasik districts of Maharashtra.

In view of the prevailing situation, the Union home minister Amit Shah also spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Thackeray through video conference and took stock of the state’s preparedness to tackle any eventuality. Shah reportedly assured the chief minister for every possible help to the state.