Mumbai, June 03, 2020.
Cyclone Nisarga intensified into a severe cyclonic storm Wednesday morning, and is expected to cross the Maharashtra coast this afternoon. The storm is likely to make landfall between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibagh in Raigad district, which is just over 100 km south of Mumbai. Thousands of residents have been evacuated from along the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat, two of the worst-hit states by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) last bulletin, the cyclone lay 95 km south-southwest of Alibagh (Maharashtra), 150 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 380 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat). The cyclone has been moving north-northeastwards at a speed of 16 kmph, with a wind speeds ranging between 100-110 kmph, gusting to 120 kmph.
Meanwhile, 19 flights, including 11 departures and eight arrivals, will operate from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Wednesday by five airlines, including Air Asia India, Air India, IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet. The Railways has rescheduled or diverted at least six trains due to the approaching storm.
The Indian Navy and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on standby to conduct rescue and relief operations.