Cyclone Nisarga: IMD issues red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat
By: Siya Bhatia
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat due to the cyclonic storm Nisarga in the Arabian Sea for 4 June.
The low-pressure area developing over the Arabian sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts, IMD said. The cyclone will have an impact on state capital Mumbai when it crosses Maharashtra, it said.
The cyclone — currently about 700 km of Mumbai — is expected to have a speed of 105-110 kmph when it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, it said.
Initially, Nisarga is likely to move towards northwards till Tuesday morning and then recurve north-northeast wards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and the union territory of Daman on Wednesday evening.
Very heavy to extremely heavy rain is expected in Konkan, Goa, parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat till Thursday, according to IMD.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thacke000ray has requested fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea for the next two to three days as a cyclone is expected to hit the Arabian Sea.
The IMD has also issued an orange-color coded warning to Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa for June 1.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has also stopped all fishing activities off the coast as wind speed reaching 45 – 55 kmph and gusting at 65 kmph is likely to prevail along the coast of Kerala and over Lakswadeep as well.
The KSDMA has also sounded yellow alert in nine districts on Monday, warning them to expect heavy rain.