Cyclone Nisarga likely to make landfall in Maharashtra today, evacuation underway

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As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday, cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall on the north coast of Maharashtra later today.

 

Several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed across Maharashtra to ensure preparedness for the impending cyclone. 

As per the Times of India report, NDRF deploys 20 teams in Maharashtra - Mumbai 8, Raigad 5, Palghar 2, Thane 2 (1 enroute), Ratnagiri 2 and Sindhudurg 1. 

"Wind conditions will further increase up to 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph as conditions are favourable for intensification. The higher sea surface temperature and low vertical wind shear favoured the intensification of severe cyclonic circulation," said IMD in a series of tweets.

Explaining the nature of wind speed, IMD further tweeted:

 "Eye diameter is about 65 km as observed through Radar. thus the diameter has decreased during past 01 hours indicating intensification of the system. hence wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph."

According to the ANI report, around 60 per cent of people, from the coastal areas around this area, have gone to their relatives' places. The remaining ones have been sent to the evacuation centre. 

As per the 5 am bulletin released by IMD, cyclone Nisarga was heading towards north Maharashtra coast at a speed of 11 kmph. It was about 200 km South -SouthWest of Alibag and about 250 km south-southwest of Mumbai at 2.30 AM today.

As Maharashtra and Gujarat likely to be impacted the most, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief ministers of these states and assured them all possible help from the Centre.

 

With inputs from Agency

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