Cyclone Nisarga Live Updates: Severe Cyclonic Storm To Cross Alibag On June 3 Afternoon
The India Meteorological Department issued a warning to coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat for a severe cyclonic storm brewing in the Arabian Sea.
The deep depression over the Arabian Sea intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours, IMD said in an update.
The storm is expected to make landfall near the Maharashtra-Gujarat border between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag on Wednesday afternoon.
Cyclone Nisarga will be the second cyclone over North Indian Ocean this season after Amphan.
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Cyclonic Storm ‘Nisarga' Formed
The deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ and lay centred about 280 km west-northwest of Panjim (Goa), 430 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 640 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat) at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, IMD said in an update.
“It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours,” the Met Department said. “It is very likely to cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag on Wednesday afternoon as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.”
Over 20,000 People To Be Evacuated In Gujarat
Gujarat's Valsad and Navsari district administrations have started evacuating nearly 20,000 people from 47 villages located close to the state coastline, officials said on Tuesday.
"We have deployed our teams to shift nearly 10,000 people living in 35 coastal villages. We have already identified shelter homes and started the evacuation process," Valsad Collector RR Raval said.
In adjoining Navsari district also, the administration has initiated the process of shifting some 10,200 people from 12 villages, Collector Ardra Agarwal said.
33 NDRF Teams Deployed In Maharashtra, Gujarat
Thirty-three National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat in view of the impending Cyclone Nisarga, the chief of the federal contingency force said on Tuesday.
In a video message, NDRF Director General 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.
An NDRF team has a strength of about 45 personnel and each unit is equipped with tree and pole cutters, communication gadgets, inflatable boats and a small basic medical unit.