While Mumbai, the hotspot for the novel virus in India is still struggling with the increasing positive cases the city is now in the braces of a new challenge. Nisarg, a cyclone developing over the Arabian Sea is expected to make landfall just 110km north of Mumbai.
According to the reports from India Meteorological Department(IMBD) very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is predicted on Tuesday and Wednesday with a wind speed of 90 to 105 kilometres per hour (kmph) especially in Mumbai and the adjoining districts.
Union home minister Amit Shah had a meeting with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday to review Maharashtra’s preparedness for Nisarg. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) announced that it has already positioned nine teams in vulnerable districts – three in Mumbai, two in Palghar, one in Thane, one in Raigad, one in Ratnagiri and one in Sindhudurg while six other teams are on stand by.
IMBD stated that it has issued cautions to fishermen not to venture into the sea in view of the cyclone while hazardous chemical manufacturing industries have been asked to bring operations to safe mode. It was estimated that the cyclonic storm will cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts late in the evening on June 3.