On the verge of turning into a severe cyclonic storm, Cyclone Nisarg is approaching the north coast of Maharashtra with a speed of 11 kilometres per hour According to the latest information from India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone is expected to make a landfall accompanied with heavy rainfall and wind speeds of 110 km per hour over the next 12 hours.
Besides the coastal districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, the Maha cyclone is forecasted to leave a devastating effect on Gujarat and other neighbouring states as well. Eight NDRF teams along with states’ disaster management teams have reportedly evacuated over 19,000 people, including some coronavirus patients from the coastal areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly held video conference meetings with the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat and the administrator of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and assured all possible support.
Besides issuing orders to restrain public from open places like beaches, parks and promenades along the Mumbai coastline, the state authorities of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli also deployed Indian Coast Guard ships and planes along the coast to warn fishermen and merchant ships to return to harbour. According to the statistics, Nisarg is the first such storm to hit the financial capital in over 100 years.