NEW DELHI: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday alerted that extremely severe Cyclonic storm Maha, which is expected to hit Gujarat coast on late Wednesday has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm, and is expected to make landfall on the coast on Thursday.
The weather department also predicted extremely heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of Gujarat — Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Porbandar, Rajkot on November 6 and 7.
“The very severe Cyclonic storm MAHA over east-central and adjoining west-central the Arabian Sea moved eastwards with a speed of 21 kmph during the past six hours. It is very likely to cross Gujarath coast around Diu as a Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 70-80 Kmph gusting to 90 Kmph around noon of November 7, 2019”, the IMD stated in its weather warning bulletin.
According to the report from the News Agency ANI, the cyclone Maha is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and into a Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts.
On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force had deployed several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Jamnagar, in wake of the cyclonic storm 'Maha' alert.
As per NDRF's Twitter handle, a total of 35 teams were deployed in Gujarat and the Diu district of Union territory Daman and Diu.
Around 140 NDRF personnel have been deployed and nearly eight tonnes of relief material has been put in place. About 100 more personnel are being sent to Ahmedabad to further spread the rescue and relief operations in the state.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department’s Ahmedabad bureau had issued orange-level heavy rainfall alerts in multiple districts of Saurashtra and south Gujarat for November 6 and 7.
An orange alert signifies the very high possibility of ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall (115-204 mm in 24 hours), thereby meaning people need to stay alert and ‘be prepared’ for the extreme weather.