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Nisarga Approaches Maharashtra Coast


At least 100,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, were being moved to safer locations as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years.

In view of the threat posed by impending Cyclone Nisarga, the Mumbai Police on Wednesday imposed Section 144 in the entire city from midnight to Thursday afternoon and banned people from coming to places like beaches, parks and promenades along the coastline.

Cyclone Nisarga: Here are the latest news

  • Gale wind reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph prevails along & off Konkan coast. It will become 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph in the afternoon during landfall time.
  • Severe cyclonic storm Nisarga lay centred at 10.30am over the east-central Arabian sea near lat. 17.8°N and long. 72.65°E, about 95km south-southwest of Alibagh, 150km south-southwest of Mumbai, 380km south-southwest of Surat: Met department.
  • All fishing boats which were out in the sea off Palghar coast have returned ahead of the cyclone ‘Nisarga’, which is set to make a landfall at Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district of Maharashtra on Wednesday afternoon, an official said. As many as 577 fishing boats from Palghar had earlier gone out in the sea and till Monday evening, 564 came back.
  • The Bombay High Court has permitted cruise ship M V Karnika, currently anchored at the Mumbai port after being placed under arrest, to move to safer waters outside the city in view of the cyclone Nisarga which is set to hit the Maharashtra coast on Wednesday afternoon. The vessel was placed under arrest on March 17, 2020 following a financial dispute between owners of the vessel.
  • BMC has arranged about 35 schools as temporary shelters for citizens, who have been appealed to relocate there: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
  • Cyclone Nisarga will cross Maharashtra coast between Harihareshwar & Daman, very close to Alibaug between 1 pm to 4 pm.
  • Mumbai Fire Brigade has been directed to stay alert to respond immediately in case of emergencies. 93 lifeguards have been deployed at 6 beaches: BMC
  • Airlines, airports and insurers across Asia are bracing for the prospect of unusually high damage as the region’s tropical storm season begins, as hundreds of aircraft grounded by the coronavirus pandemic can’t be moved easily. Major airports in storm-vulnerable regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and India have been effectively turned into giant parking lots as COVID-19 travel restrictions choke demand.
  • Cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall on the northern coast of Maharashtra in the afternoon between 1 pm to 4 pm, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General.
  • Wind speed of about 80 to 90 kmph expected over Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg & Palghar. Over Gujarat’s Navsari & Valsad wind speed of about 60-80 kmph is expected. By midnight it will weaken & by tomorrow morning it will become depression: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD
  • Authorities have snapped off electricity supply in Daman.
  • “The cyclone will cross Maharashtra coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, very close to Alibag between 1pm and 4pm. While crossing the coast it will have strong winds of 100-120kmph over Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts of Maharashtra,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD.
  • Cyclone Nisarga is about 150 km south-southwest off Mumbai coast and about 105 km south-southwest off Alibaug
  • The storm will be intense enough to damage communication, electricity poles, trees, and plantations. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has lowered heavy equipment at construction sites like the Mumbai Metro project.
  • Cyclone Nisarga has become a severe cyclonic storm, it’s 200km away from Mumbai. The cyclone is moving northeasterly towards Alibag in Raigad. The severe cyclonic storm is likely to cross south of Alibag between 1 pm to 3pm: IMD Mumbai,Maharashtra
  • Wind is picking up along the coast in Maharashtra. Ratnagiri is feel the impact of Cyclone Nisarga.
  • BMC issues set of dos and don’ts amidst cyclone warning for Mumbai. It issued a set of dos and don’ts, such as asking citizens to stay away from the sea and not stand under a tree or pillar especially considering the strong and gusty winds.
  • Goa: Rain lashes parts of Panaji city. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted light to moderate rainfall for today at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Goa.
  • Cyclone Nisarga has become severe cyclonic storm, it is 200 kms away from Mumbai. The cyclone is moving north easterly towards Alibag in Raigad district. The severe cyclonic storm nisarga is likely cross south of Alibag between 1pm to 3pm: Shubhangi Bhute, Scientist, IMD Mumbai
  • As per IMD, there’s possibility of ‘nature’ cyclones/strong winds with rains in BMC area. So, structured inspection of COVID19 Health Centers set up temporarily at various places in BMC area should be done again by concerned contractors: Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
  • Wind is picking up along the coast. Ratnagiri recorded 55 kmph at 08:30 IST. Squally wind reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph prevails along and off Konkan coast. It’ll gradually increase becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph in afternoon during landfall time: IMD
  • While it’s best that you stay at home during heavy rainfall; but if, for some unavoidable reason, you need to drive your car, please ensure that you carry hammer or objects that can help you break glass in case your car doors get jammed: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
  • “This year feels relentless,” actor Priyanka Chopra said urging Mumbai residents to take precautionary measures in view of Cyclone Nisarga.
  • Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), in view of cyclonic conditions in the city to ensure that there is no danger to human life, health or safety: Office of the Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai
  • Cyclone Nisarga has intensified further, eye diameter has decreased to about 65 km during the past hour. Wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph, gusting to 110 mph: GoI.
  • People are advised to remain indoors but mobilise evacuation from low lying areas. I advise fishermen to suspend operations and not to venture into east-central and northeast Arabian Sea and along & off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra-south Gujarat coast, says Union minister of Earth Sciences.
  • 5 trains that were to depart from Mumbai Terminal have been rescheduled while 2 trains that were scheduled to arrive at Mumbai Terminal to be suitably regulated and one train has been diverted: Indian Railways.
  • Nisarga Cyclone intensified into severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 0530 hrs over east-central Arabian Sea about 165 km southwest of Alibag and 215km south of Mumbai. Heavy rainfalls likely over Coastal Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat next few hours: Dr Harsh Vardhan, Min of Earth Sciences.
  • IAF continues in a heightened state of preparedness to provide required assistance in combating Nisarga Cyclone. Yesterday, one IAF IL-76 aircraft landed at Surat with 5 NDRF teams. Another IL-76 airlifted 5 NDRF teams from Vijayawada for Mumbai.
  • In the wake of Cyclone Nisarga, a total of 19 flights which include 11 departures and 8 arrivals will be operating on June 3 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. The flights will be operated by AirAsia India, Air India, IndiGo, GoAir & SpiceJet.
  • Maharashtra: The sea beach in Kelwa village of Palghar remains deserted, NDRF personnel deployed in the region. Cyclone Nisarga is expected to make landfall near Alibaug today.
  • NDRF teams conducted evacuation of population in very early morning hours of 03/06/2020 at Koliwada, Alibaug, Maharashtra.
  • Deployment of 20 teams of NDRF in Maharashtra – Mumbai 8 teams, Raigad 5 teams, Palghar 2 teams, Thane 2 teams (1 enroute), Ratnagiri 2 teams and Sindhudurg 1 team.
  • Authorities have also evacuated nearly 150 COVID-19 patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure.
  • In the wake of Cyclone Nisarga, a total of 19 flights which include 11 departures and 8 arrivals will be operating on June 3 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. The flights will be operated by AirAsia India, Air India, IndiGo, GoAir & SpiceJet.
  • Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over north Konkan (Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad districts) and north Madhya Maharashtra on 3rd June: IMD
  • IMD have warned of heavy rainfall — with winds of 100-110 kilometres (60-70 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph — causing damage to thatched huts, power lines and one to two metre-high (three to 6.5 feet) storm surges inundating low-lying areas of Maharashtra.
  • Nisarga is also expected to hit neighbouring Gujarat state, with nearly 79,000 people to be evacuated from coastal regions by early Wednesday.
  • Mumbai has rarely faced the brunt of cyclones — the last severe storm to hit the city struck in 1948, killing 12 people and injuring more than 100.
  • Cyclone Nisarga is approaching the north coast of Maharashtra with a speed of 11 kilometers per hour, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday. The weather forecast agency further said that at 4:30 am the wind speed had increased to 22 kmph at Santacruz in Mumbai.
  • Cyclone Nisarga is approaching North Maharashtra coast with a speed of 11 kmph. It is about 200 km South-SouthWest of Alibag and about 250 km South-SouthWest of Mumbai at 02:30 am IST of June 3,” according to a tweet by the IMD.
  • It has also predicted light to moderate rainfall will take place at most places with isolated heavy falls very likely over coastal Karnataka and Marathawada during the next 6 hours. Extremely heavy falls (above 20 centimeters in 24 hours) is also likely at isolated places over north Konkan (Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad districts) and north Madhya Maharashtra today.
  • “After the landfall, the Severe Cyclonic Storm is very likely to maintain its Cyclonic Storm intensity for about 06 hours while moving north-northeast wards across north Madhya Maharashtra. Under its influence gale wind reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph very likely to prevail over Pune, Ahmadnagar and 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph adjoining Beed, Nashik and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra,” it said in a bulletin.

Courtesy – LiveMint

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