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Cyclone Nisarga to bring heavy rainfall in Mumbai on June 3 – Mumbai Mirror

Storm activity intensifies in Arabian Sea

Cyclone Nisarga is headed towards the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday warned that the storm surge of about 1-2 meters height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts.

“For now it is 490 km away from Mumbai, but when Cyclone Nisarga will cross Mumbai there are chances of very heavy rainfall. We have issued a red alert for Mumbai as extremely heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Mumbai,Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nasik, Nandurbar and Dhule on June 3,”Shubhangi Bhute, scientist, IMD Mumbai, informed Mirror Online.

IMD stated that it is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm ‘Nisarga’ during next 12 hours and further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next six hours and recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman during the afternoon of June 3.

The weather bureau said that Nisarga currently lies as a depression 490 km from Mumbai, 280 km from Panjim and 710 km from Surat district in Gujarat. “The depression over Eastcentral Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 5:30 am today, over Eastcentral 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),” IMD said.

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Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai, Thane on alert; here’s a list of dos, don’ts to keep you safe

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is carefully monitoring the movement of deep depression over east-central and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea that will intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm Nisarga over Eastcentral Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours. Mumbaikars need to stay alert as the cyclone is expected to affect the coastal districts of Maharashtra.

It is also predicted that the storm surge of about 0.5-1 meter height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Ratnagiri district during the time of landfall.

The IMD said there could be extensive damage to thatched huts, roof tops may blow off, unattached metal sheets may fly, minor damage to power and communication lines, major damage to kutcha and some damage to pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes, breaking of tree branches, uprooting of large avenue trees, damage to banana and papaya trees, large dead limbs blown from trees, major damage to coastal crops and damage to embankments/ salt pans.

IMD further stated that squally wind, speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph, is prevailing over Eastcentral Arabian Sea. It will gradually increase becoming gale wind, speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph, over eastcentral Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra and Goa coasts during next six hours and further becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra (Raigad, Mumbai, Palghar, Thane) coast from June 3 morning. Gale wind, speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph, likely along and off Valsad, Navsari districts of Gujarat, Daman, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph along and off Surat and Bharuch districts of south Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli from the afternoon of June 3.

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Rainfall Warning

Light to moderate rainfall is predicted at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Konkan and Goa, Coastal and North Interior Karnataka, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada during the next 24 hours.

Light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places with heavy to very heavy rain at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over north Konkan, north Madhya Maharashtra and south Gujarat region, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Marathwada, southwest Madhya Pradesh and west Vidarbha on June 3.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over Konkan and Goa, North Madhya Maharashtra, south Gujarat region and West Madhya Pradesh on June 4.

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Fishermen Warning and Action Suggested:

Fishermen are advised not to venture into Eastcentral and Northeast Arabian Sea and along and off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra-south Gujarat coasts till June 3.

Total suspension of fishing operations.

Mobilise evacuation from low lying areas.

Judicious regulation of rail and road traffic.

People in affected areas to remain indoors.

Movement in motor boats and small ships unsafe

In the wake of Cyclone Nisarga, a look at major Cyclones that hit India in the past

Cyclone Nisarga to make a landfall near Mumbai on June 3

Cyclone Nisarga which is headed towards the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat is expected to make landfall on the western coast near Mumbai on June 3, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. The IMD has also issued a red alert for Mumbai as extremely heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nasik, Nandurbar and Dhule on June 3. India has always been highly prone to natural calamities, including, floods, drought, earthquakes, cyclones, and landslides. In the past few years, various cyclones have made landfall in different parts of the country; however, the East Coast is more prone to cyclones as compared to the West Coast. Let’s recap some of the most recent cyclones to hit Indian shores. Photo: AP

Cyclone Amphan

Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan caused widespread damage in Eastern India and Bangladesh in May 2020. It had originated from a low-pressure area persisting a couple hundred miles (300 km) east of Colombo, Sri Lanka. On 17 May, Amphan intensified and became an extremely severe cyclonic storm within 12 hours. Coastal areas in Odisha, Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapur, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas in Bengal were severely affected by the cyclone. It also caused significant destruction in Bangladesh. Rains and strong winds from Amphan also swept across many districts in southern parts of the country. It killed more than 85 people in India and Bangladesh and flattened tens of thousands of homes. Photo: AFP

Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani hit the coastal state of Odisha almost a year ago in May 2019. It was categorised by the IMD as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ — the second most intense category. More than a million people were evacuated by the state government. It also left behind a trail of destruction killing over 40 people, uprooting trees and communication systems, thus crippling the state’s economy and normal life. Fani also killed 17 people in ten districts of Bangladesh.

Cyclone Bulbul

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Bulbul struck West Bengal as well as Bangladesh in November 2019, causing storm surge, heavy rains, and flash floods across the areas. 10 people were killed in West Bengal whereas two others died in Odisha. In Bangladesh, eight people were killed and lakhs of people were affected. The cyclone also damaged thousands of mud and tin-built houses. Photo: ANI

Cyclone Gaja

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Gaja stormed across Tamil Nadu in November 2018, killing 11 people and damaging homes along the coast. The coastal areas of the state witnessed turbulent winds uprooting electricity poles and trees. As the cyclone’s landfall began, coastal towns in Tamil Nadu and Karaikkal and Puducherry received rainfall ranging between 3 cm and 8 cm. About 80,000 were evacuated to 470 relief camps from the districts which were vulnerable to the cyclone in Tamil Nadu. Photo: BCCL

Cyclone Titli

Cyclone Titli made landfall into coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states with winds of up to 150km/h in the second week of October 2018. Coastal storm surge, high-speed winds, and inland flooding caused huge economic damages and at least 85 people were killed in the natural calamity.

Cyclone Ochki

A very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi, hit Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep islands, and parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in November 2017. It was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to be recorded in the Arabian Sea. It led to extensive flooding in Sri Lanka and portions of India as it brought prolonged heavy rainfall to the affected areas. At least 245 people were killed and hundreds more were listed as missing as the cyclone caused damage to thousands of homes across Sri Lanka and India. Photo: ANI

Cyclone Hud Hud

In 2014, Cyclone Hud Hud originated from the Andaman Islands and snowballed into a category IV cyclone, being dubbed as ‘Extremely Severe.’ It proceeded to hit the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. The death toll due to the cyclone hit 124. Hudhud further proceeded up north to trigger an avalanche in Nepal.