Guwahati: Merely days after the Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc across parts of Bengal and Odisha leaving dozens dead and damaging crores of property, a developing tropical cyclonic storm called Nisarga in the Arabian Sea in heading towards Maharashtra in the west and is likely to make landfall between Harihareshwar in Maharashtra's Raigad and Daman on June 3. It is 550 kilometres away from the capital city, Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), has also issued red alerts for the districts of Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar and Nashik, between June 3 and 4.
According to the IMD, the depression is likely to intensify and become furious and turn into a cyclonic storm in the wee hours of the morning on June 2 and then into a severe cyclonic storm by June 3.
As per the IMD, the deep depression is currently 550-kilometre south-southwest of Mumbai in Maharashtra and 800 km south-southwest of Surat in Gujarat and is likely to move northwards till June 2 morning. It will then re-curve north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts during June 3 afternoon.
When it becomes a severe cyclonic storm, Nisarga will be packing in a wind speed of 105-115 kmph, gusting to 125 kilometres per hour on June 3. According to the IMD, it again will weaken into a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 60-70, gusting to 80 kilometres per hour on June 4.
The coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat are likely to experience high-speed winds and extremely heavy rainfall during this period. The fishermen have been advised not to venture in the sea. IMD's cyclone track estimates that Nisarga will venture very close to the Mumbai coast while entering the land.
Meanwhile, after the Maharashtra Government sounded an alarm, ten units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in vulnerable districts, while six others have been kept on a stand-by, officials said. To take stock of the situation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to the state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through video conference to prepare for any eventuality.
The cyclonic storm will be seen as a double whammy in Maharashtra that is already reeling under the destructive sweep of the Covid-19 that has affected more than 70,000 persons and killed more than 2,000 persons across the state.