New Delhi June 3rd
Mumbai is bracing to witness the first-ever cyclonic storm – Nisarga – which is expected to hit Gujarat and Maharashtra coasts today afternoon. The deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ and is expected to make landfall between 1 pm and 3 pm near Alibag.
When the cyclone crosses the coast, it will have a speed of 105-110 kmph and heavy rains are also expected in south Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra. While Nisarga is not likely to have an intensity like Cyclone Amphan, which hit West Bengal last month, but is still feared to have an impact on the financial capital.
Around 40000 people have been evacuated to safer places till now from various locations (sea belt areas) of Maharashtra said NDRF Commandant Anup Shrivastava, BMC has arranged about 35 schools as temporary shelters for citizens, who have been appealed to relocate there: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 33 teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Gujarat will have a total of 17 NDRF teams, including two on standby, and neighboring Maharashtra 16 teams, including six on standby.