By Arré Bench Jun. 01, 2020
Maharashtra and Gujarat are on pre-cyclone alert as very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the states on June 2 and 3. Cyclone Nisarga comes just days after super cyclone Amphan battered parts of West Bengal and Odisha, leading to at least 98 deaths and lakhs of people rendered hopeless.
There is little doubt that 2020 has been the year of doom, with a pandemic, a super cyclone, a global economic meltdown, and a string of celebrity deaths already covered within the first few months of the year. If things weren’t already bleak enough, Cyclone Nisarga is very likely to move northwards until the morning of June 2 and reach north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coast around June 3. Can we get a break, 2020?
The low pressure Area over Arabian Sea to intensify into Cyclonic Storm during next 48-hours. It would reach near north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts around 3rd June morning.
— IMD Weather (@IMDWeather) May 31, 2020
The cyclone track issued by the IMD shows that Nisarga will cross very close to the Mumbai coast while entering the land. Maharashtra and Gujarat are on pre-cyclone alert as very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the states on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The depression in the south west Arabian Sea is likely to concentrate into a deep depression in the next 12 hours and in the next 24 hours it is going to become a cyclone. Till June 2 it will move in northerly direction then it will move towards north east direction & cross Harihareshwar (Maharashtra) & Daman coast on the evening of June 3,” said Anand Kumar Sharma, Deputy Director General IMD.
The depression in the south west Arabian Sea is likely to concentrate into a deep depression in next 12 hours and in next 24 hours it is going to become a cyclone: Anand Kumar Sharma, Deputy Director General, India Meteorological Department (IMD) pic.twitter.com/cZGJJlsv3L
— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2020
“Squally wind, speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph, very likely to prevail over Southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area and along and off Kerala coast during next 48 hours,” IMD said in the bulletin.
IMD’s high-resolution model has predicted landfall in South Maharashtra at modest intensity. “This would be a good outcome for Mumbai, at least. But it’s far from certain,” said atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel.
Here is a prediction from @IMDWeather‘s own high-resolution model. It predicts landfall in south Maharashtra at modest intensity. This would be a good outcome for Mumbai, at least. But it’s far from certain. https://t.co/3DbkVhrNwz pic.twitter.com/7QTCYWqYhS
— Adam Sobel (@profadamsobel) May 31, 2020
Mumbaikars & others in coastal Maharashtra please heed this warning from @profadamsobel about #CycloneNisarga: “there is at least some risk of a substantial disaster in Mumbai, a city with a metropolitan area of 20 million, exposed to the sea..”. https://t.co/ZwIGb3NyGX
— Amitav Ghosh (@GhoshAmitav) June 1, 2020
The IMD issued a red-colour-coded warning to coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea over the next few days, warning that the sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough.
The National Disaster Management Authority of India has shared a list of do’s and don’ts for the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat. People are advised to ignore rumours, keep phones charged to ensure connectivity, keep documents and valuables in water proof containers, secure the house, prepare an emergency kit, and untie animals for their safety. Indoors, people are advised to switch off electrical and gas supply, keep doors and windows shut, drink boiled water, and only rely on official warnings.
Stay Safe During A #Cyclone!
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) June 1, 2020
The warning of a cyclonic storm in Maharashtra and Gujarat comes just days after super cyclone Amphan battered parts of West Bengal and Odisha, leading to at least 98 deaths and lakhs of people rendered hopeless. One can only pray against the fury of nature, and hope Nisarga will be kinder.