New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday said that the the tropical cyclone Nisarga, which is set to make landfall at the Maharashtra-Gujarat coast close to Mumbai on June 3, is likely to intensify into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ in the next 24 hours.

It is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 12 hours, the IMD said.

"The Depression over Eastcentral Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past 6 hrs intensified into a Deep Depression&lay centered at 0530 hours today over East-central Arabian Sea near latitude 15.0°N and longitude 71.2°E about 280 km west-southwest of Panjim (Goa), 490 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 710 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat),” it added.

The Maharashtra government has sounded red alert Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad district, while flash flood warning has been issued in Ratnagiri, Thane, Palghar, Mumbai and Nashik.

According to IMD, a storm surge - as high as two metres above the astronomical tide - will inundate the low-lying coastal areas of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts during the landfall. 

The weather department said that the cyclone is likely to cross the Maharashtra-Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman during the afternoon of 3rd June. 

The nearly 260 km patch between Raigad and Daman has one of the highest population densities in the country. Apart from Mumbai, it also has satellites cities like Thane, Navi-Mumbai, Panvel, Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Ambernath. 

When it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, it will have a speed of 105-110 kmph, the IMD said.
Heavy rains are also expected in south Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra, the IMD said on Monday. 

The organisation has advised, "fishermen not to venture into the southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area and along and off Kerala coast during next 48 hours; east-central Arabian Sea and along with off Karnataka-Goa coasts till June 3 east-central the Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra coast and the northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast during June 3-4."

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed several teams along the coastal areas in view of impending severe cyclone for necessary preventive actions, said NDRF DG S N Pradhan. 

Twenty-three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in both the states. 11 teams have been deployed in Gujarat, 10 in Maharashtra and one each in Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli. A team of the NDRF comprises about 45 personnel.

On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through video conferencing and reviewed the state's preparedness, the Chief Minister's office said. 

The expected landfall of Nisarga comes at a time when Maharashtra is battling the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the worst-hit from the virus in the country and Mumbai has reported the highest number of cases and deaths across India. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta