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In a fortnight, second cyclone heading towards Indian coast

India Meteorological Department has turned on its cyclone-watch over a low pressure system that formed on Sunday.

Written by Anjali Marar | Pune | Updated: May 31, 2020 10:26:24 pm
Cyclone near west India, Arabian sea cyclone, monsoon updates, weather news, cyclone amphan, low pressure in Arabian Sea, India Meteorological Department, IMD, indian express “Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over Karnataka, Goa, south Maharashtra and Konkan till June 3,” said a senior official from IMD, Pune.

In a span of two weeks, the Indian coast is bracing for yet another cyclone, this time along the west.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has turned on its cyclone-watch over a low pressure system that formed on Sunday. It presently lies over the Southeast and east-central Arabian Sea, just off north-Kerala and Karnataka coast as on Sunday afternoon.

Cyclone Amphan, formed in the Bay of Bengal, had hit West Bengal and Bangladesh on May 20.

“The low pressure is likely to concentrate into a depression over the next 24 hours and most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday,” the latest bulletin issued by IMD read.

If realised, the storm is expected to traverse northwards till June 2 and later recurve in the northeast direction and inch closer to the west coast. It is expected to reach north Maharashtra and Gujarat, IMD officials said, and cause rainfall around June 3.

“Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over Karnataka, Goa, south Maharashtra and Konkan till June 3,” said a senior official from IMD, Pune.

During the last three days, a similar low pressure system formed in the western Arabian Sea had intensified into a depression. It is now located close to Oman coast and will remain largely stationary for the upcoming 12 hours.

Meanwhile, conditions are becoming favourable for the Southwest monsoon to advance over rest parts of Maldives-Comorin areas during the next 24 hours.

The monsoon is most likely to make an onset over Kerala within next 24 to 36 hours, IMD officials said.

“Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over Karnataka, Goa, south Maharashtra and Konkan till June 3,” said a senior official from IMD, Pune.

Six NDRF teams moved to coastal districts in Maharashtra

In the wake of the developing cyclonic situation in the Arabian Sea, six teams of Pune-based 5th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be deployed in coastal districts of Maharashtra. The teams moved from Pune for these districts on Sunday night.

Officials from NDRF said deployment is being done as per the requisition of the relief and rehabilitation department of the state government.

The IMD has placed coastal districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg on ‘yellow’ alert till Wednesday. Besides, thunderstorm, gusty winds and lightning will be experienced over Pune, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Nashik, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur during this period.

Out of the six NDRF teams, two will be deployed in Palghar district and one each in Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. These are in addition to the three teams of NDRF already on standby in Mumbai.

Each model team of the NDRF comprises specialist search and rescue groups, including engineering, technical and electrical experts, along with dog squads and paramedics. In cases where specific requirements arise, teams are reconfigured. The NDRF, which is being deployed in coastal Maharashtra, will primarily be tasked with restoration of services, such as roads, electricity and evacuation, if necessary.

On May 21, two teams from the 5th Battalion were airlifted on Thursday by an Air Force aircraft for deployment in West Bengal for evacuation, rescue and relief operations in Amphan-affected areas.

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