New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) The deep depression in the Arabian Sea strengthened into a cyclonic storm ”Nisarga” on Tuesday morning and will make landfall close to Alibag, 94 kms south of Mumbai on the afternoon of June 3.
It will make landfall as a ”severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 100-110 kmh gusting to 120 kmh.
The cyclonic storm is currently located 280 km west-southwest of Panjim (Goa), 430km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 640 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat).
Dr Sunita Devi, India Meteorological Department”s in-charge of cyclones, said, “The cyclone will further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.”
It will cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag in Maharashtra”s Raigad district during the afternoon of June 3.
33 teams of NDRF deployed in Maharashtra and Gujarat
Thirty-three NDRF teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat in view of the impending Cyclone Nisarga, the chief of the federal contingency force said on Tuesday. In a video message, NDRF Director General (DG) S N Pradhan said, “Gujarat and Maharashtra have 11 and 10 teams respectively and they are being deployed in the coastal districts facing the Arabian Sea”.
On Gujarat’s request, five more teams are being airlifted to the state from Punjab, he said. Gujarat will have a total of 17 NDRF teams, including two on standby, and neighbouring Maharashtra 16 teams, including six on standby, he said.
“This will constitute a total of 33 teams in the two states,” the officer said. An NDRF team has a strength of about 45 personnel and each unit is equipped with tree and pole cutters, communication gadgets, inflatable boats and a small basic medical unit.
Pradhan said the teams on ground have begun the process of evacuation and have launched an awareness drive among the locals. “Although this is not an extremely severe cyclone, all precautions are being taken with the basic principle in mind that while we expect the best, we must prepare for the worst,” he said.