After storming the Maharashtra coast with wind speeds of up to 120 kmph on Wednesday afternoon, Cyclone Nisarga has started weakening and its intensity will reduce further by evening, the India Meteorological Department said.
The landfall of the cyclone began at 12.30 PM at Alibaug and the process was completed by 2.30 PM, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that said a total of 43 teams are deployed in the two states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Of these, 21 are in Maharashtra and 16 are in Gujarat. Nearly 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the cyclone spot, NDRF DG S N Pradhan said.
Here are the Highlights on Cyclone Nisarga:
7:20 pm: A 58-year-old man died after an electric pole fell on him in Alibag area of Raigad, Maharashtra today: District Collector Nidhi Choudhari
7:00 pm: We expect that Cyclone Nisarga will weaken into a deep depression within the next three hours and further weaken into a depression in the next 6 hours. Currently, it lays centered over Pune in Maharashtra: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of India Meteorological Department
6:20 pm: CS NISARGA LAY CENTERED AT 1630 HRS IST OF TODAY, THE 03RD JUNE 2020 NEAR LAT. 18.65°N AND LONG. 73.3°E (Pune District) OVER INTERIOR MAHARASTRA ABOUT 70 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF ALIBAGH, 80 KM EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MUMBAI (COLABA) AND 45 KM NORTHWEST OF PUNE.
6:00 pm: THE SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “NISARGA” OVER COASTAL MAHARASHTRA MOVED NORTH-NORTHEASTWARDS WITH A SPEED OF 24 KMPH DURING PAST 06 HOURS AND WEAKENED INTO A CYCLONIC STORM.
The cyclone Nisarga landfall process has begun near Alibaug which is about 50 km away from Mumbai city, as the cyclonic cycle lays centred over the east-central Arabian Sea near LAT. 18.1°N and Long. 72.8°E lies very close to the Raigad coast. It’s about 60 KM south of Alibagh, 110 KM south of Mumbai, 340 KM south of Surat (Gujarat).
Landfall process has started in coastal area of Maharashtra (near Alibaug), it has hit Raigadh distrct. It will continue for next three hours. It will cross Mumbai, Thane and then proceed to north Maharshtra and South Gujarat. By Wednesday midnight it will weaken and by tomorrow morning it will become depression.
The coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat have been put on high alert while section 144 has been imposed in Mumbai city.
In Maharashtra, at least 20 teams of the National Disaster Response Force and four teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in different coastal areas while five teams have been kept on standby in the wake of impending cyclone.
Gujarat government has evacuated over 78,000 people from four districts located near the coastline and deployed 19 teams of NDRF and SDRF. Around 13 teams of the NDRF and six teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed at different locations, five more teams of the NDRF will reportedly arrive soon.