Cyclone Nisarga made landfall south of the beach town of Alibag on Wednesday afternoon. (Express Photo: Narendra Vaskar)
Cyclone Nisarga, which weakened into a low pressure area, is likely to enter Madhya Pradesh by Thursday evening from the southern parts of the state, instead of the western parts as predicted earlier, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. IMD officials said that the cyclone has weakened into a cyclonic storm before entering Madhya Pradesh from neighbouring Maharashtra, and is likely to lose its intensity further.
Meanwhile, IMD also reported that a low-pressure area is likely to develop over eastern parts of west-central Bay of Bengal around June 8. Due to this low-pressure area, Odisha is likely to witness heavy rainfall from June 10.
Due to strong winds along the west coast, Mumbai has received 50 mm of rainfall at Colaba and 25 mm at Santacruz in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am. Moderate spells of rain are likely to continue for next few hours. Cyclone Nisarga, which made landfall near Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon, claimed the lives of four people in separate incidents.
Deep depression in interior Maharashtra weakens into depression; four deaths reported; thousands evacuated along coast.
Fishermen tow their boats in Mumbai on Tuesday, following the red alert issued by the IMD for extremely heavy rainfall. (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Cyclone Nisarga comes weeks after Super Cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh. Residents along the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat have been alerted of the storm. Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar and Nashik districts of Maharashtra are on red alert, with the weather body forecasting the “possibility of extremely heavy rain at isolated places”.
Cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall by afternoon, after which the severe cyclonic storm is likely to maintain its Cyclonic Storm intensity for about 6 hours, while moving north-northeast wards across north Madhya Maharashtra, the IMD said. Under the influence of the cyclone, gale wind reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph is likely to prevail over Pune and Ahmadnagar, which 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph will prevail in Beed, Nashik and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra. There districts will receive light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places.
Rescue personnel relocate their jetski as part of precautions against cyclone on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo: Rajanish Kakade)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation on Tuesday and spoke with chief ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat. He assured them of all help from the Centre.
“PM @narendramodi has spoken to CM of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, CM of Gujarat @vijayrupanibjp and Administrator of Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli @prafulkpatel regarding the cyclone situation. He assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre,” the official Twitter handle of the PM’s Office posted.