Ahead of Cyclone Nisarga which is expected to hit Maharashtra coast early today (Wednesday) morning and according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) sources its impact is likely to be felt in North Maharashtra including Nashik till June 4, the district administration has sounded high alert and asked disaster management teams to be ready.
The administration has given specific instructions to tehsildars on taluka level and civic bodies to take necessary precautions and preventive safety measures. According to district administration sources impact of the cyclone will be felt in North Maharashtra including Nashik till Thursday in the firm of heavy rains, gusty winds, thunderstorm and lightning.
District collector Suraj Mandhare has ordered administration authorities to be well prepared to shift people to safer places, shelter camps, and asked to ensure sufficient stock of medicines, masks and PPE kits in the wake of COVID-19. He instructed deployment of disaster management teams for the safety of people and protection of public properties from damage. Sub-divisional officers, tehsildars, block developmrmt officers, civic administration have been alerted through a letter by the district collectorate.
“Cyclone Nisarga, the deep depression in the Arabia Sea is expected hit Maharashtra coast on early Wednesday morning. It will turn into a severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday night and “cross north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district and Daman on June 3,” the IMD said.
Cyclone Nisarga would be the first cyclonic storm to impact India’s financial capital in a decade. Mumbai is severely affected by coronavirus pandemic with nearly 40,000 case.
Meanwhile, rainfall has already begun in parts of the coastal Karnataka and Madhya Maharashtra and would increase further today.
Mumbai and Palgar, Thane, Raigad districts in Maharashtra will witness more than 20 cm rains in next 24 hours, alerted the weather department.
However, Prof. Kirankumar Johare, Meteorologist has said that cyclonic circulation will shift towards Oman and that there will be no threat at all to Mumbai or Maharashtra of this cyclonic circulation.
He predicted that the North Maharashtra likely to witness pre-monsoon showers in this week in the form of lightning, thunderstorm and gusty winds and that monsoon likely to arrive in Maharashtra in first week of July appealing farmers that they should not make haste for sowing activities and wait for right time means monsoon rain.
Flood alert for Nashik district
The Central Water Commission has issued flood alert for Mumbai, Palgarh, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane and Nashik districts, Daman district of union territory of Daman and Dui, Silvassa district of Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Valsad district of Gujarat.