Cyclone Nisarga to Bring Severe landfall over Maharashtra and Gujarat TomorrowGokul Saravanan (Author) Published Date : Jun 02, 2020 17:47 IST
While the nation is already stumbling enough from COVID -19, cyclones are looking for gaps to ride in like hell. Shortly after the cyclone Amphan, that ridden West Bengal a couple of weeks back and took 99 lives, in the Arabian sea, brewing another cyclone named Nisarga to spell it up on the western parts of India.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, a slight depression over the Arabian sea has turned to be a deep depression earlier today on Tuesday. This will get intensified in the next six hours to become a severe storm and intensify further in the next 12 hours to become a severe Cyclonic Storm.
Currently, the Nisarga is brewing itself over the East Central Arabian Sea at the distance of 640 Km south-southwest of Surat of Gujarat, 280 km west of northwest of Panjim of Goa, 430 km south-southwest of Mumbai.
The IMD Mumbai has sent a code orange warning for Maharastra and coasts of Gujarat ahead of the cyclone Nisarga moving towards their shores. According to the data published by the IMD Mumbai, this new hell girl Nisarga has the potential to gust her wind at the speed of 100-110 kmph and potentially at 120kmph.
According to the prediction of IMD Mumbai, the Nisarga Cyclone will reach the shores of Mumbai, Maharastra by 3rd June morning, and unleash the spell. After that, it will move north-northwest to reach the Gujarat coast and make landfalls between Harihareswar and Daman. Then it will gradually lose its energy by 4th June to become a deep depression again.
Places over the Konkan coast like Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts are listed in the extremely heavy rainfall areas, while the places like Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Valsad, Navsari, Daman, Dang, Nagar Haveli, and Dadra and Surat placed under light to moderate and heavy to very heavy rainfall list. Some parts of Karnataka's coastal area and Goa could get light to moderate rainfall in the next 24 hours, the statement of IMD Mumbai said.
The sea condition is not so favorable for venturing into the waters. The tides will be 1-2 meters above the regular astronomical tide along the low lying regions of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad districts. In the low lying regions of the Ratnagiri region, the tides will be 0.5-1 meters high compared to the astronomical tide during the landfall time, as per the IMD.
The meteorological department also expects damages to thatched huts and houses, unattached metal sheets, power lines, breaking of tree branches, uprootings of trees, and major damage to crops in the coastal regions.
Maharashtra is already facing a critical situation because of the pandemic. Now the Nisarga only comes to make it worse. Amidst the tension of Covid-19 in the state, CM Uddhav Thackeray has ordered preparedness measures to the respected authorities. More than ten teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in Maharashtra while six teams are kept in standby.
On the other side, the around 15 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Gujrat, and two are kept in standby. Both the states have already started the evacuation process in the low lying areas as the IMD warns for flooding in those areas. As per PTI, nearly 20,000 people from the low lying areas of Gujarat are subjected to the evacuation process.
Maharashtra Government is keen to keep the power supply in the state as a power cut would terribly bother the Covid-19 patients who are hospitalized in the state.