On the 3rd of June, a cyclone named Nisarga with a windspeed of 100 kmph began to make landfall in coastal land of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
According to sources, the cyclone made landfall near the Raigad district of Maharashtra at around 12:30 P.M.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD,) said the landfall process would be completed in three hours and is currently lying 40 km south of Alibag, 95 km south of Mumbai and 325 km south of Surat, Gujarat.
A.K. Pathak, the Deputy Commandant of the National Disaster Rescue Force said, “We cannot tell about the exact number of evacuations but around 3,000 people have been evacuated in Daman and few operations are still going on.”
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Government announced dos and don’ts during the cyclone which includes, switching off electrical appliances, gas, localised electricity service provider, ambulance and fire brigade. An emergency kit with all kinds of regular medicines of an individual should be kept for emergency situations.
Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, urged the citizens to stay indoors for at least 7-8 hours today and for the next 2 days, if not an emergency.
The cyclone started travelling towards Mumbai with a wind speed of 20 kmph. However, the speed intensified. As per the IMD, the wind speed increased to 90 to 100 kmph, and would last for hours.
Fishermen, citizens and others residing near the coastal areas are being evacuated and the evacuation process is still underway.
This is the second cyclone in India in the past few days. Recently, on the 20th of May, an extremely severe cyclone named Amphan from the Bay of Bengal, hit West Bengal and Odisha.
After Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha, Nisarga is all set to affect Maharashtra and its cities, especially when the State is the worst hit Indian State due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Stay tuned for further updates.