Severe cyclonic storm Nisarga is barely 190 km of Mumbai and 140 km from Alibaug in the Konkan region. The cyclone is likely to brush off Alibaug. It is likely to hit with a wind speed of about 120 kmph.
In view of the threat posed by impending cyclonic storm Nisarg', twenty-one teams of National Disaster Response Force and four teams of State Disaster Response Force have been deployed in Maharashtra to conduct evacuations and necessary relief and rehabilitation measures.
Respective district authorities, along with the Navy and Coast guard, are on high and will be on their toes to minimize the damage.
Preventive checks are in place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Including 8 Arrivals and 11 departures, 19 out of 50 flights will operate today.
A dedicated team has been placed at the airport on standby to assist in this wary situation. Special precautions have been taken for smaller and fighter aircraft as they are vulnerable to strong winds.
Central Railway has rescheduled several special trains leaving from Mumbai. Some other trains, scheduled to arrive in Mumbai have also been regulated or diverted.
Trains, scheduled to leave today from Mumbai for Gorakhpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Darbhanga, Varanasi, and Bhubaneshwar, have been rescheduled. Similarly, some UP trains, including Patna-LTT, Varanasi-CSMT have been regulated and Thiruvananthapuram -LTT has been diverted via Pune.
In view of the approaching cyclonic storm Nisarg which is likely to cross the south Gujarat Coast by today afternoon, the evacuation of people from low lying areas to safer locations is underway.
MET department has predicted extremely heavy rainfall with gusty winds in parts of South Gujarat coastal districts today. AIR correspondent reports that light to moderate rains with strong winds was reported in the coastal areas yesterday in wake of Cyclone Nisarg.
Heavy rainfall was reported at isolated places in coastal districts of Saurashtra mainly Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli yesterday. Coastal districts of South Gujarat also reported light to moderate showers with strong winds.
The ports in the state are flagging warning No 2 signals.
Relief Commissioner Harshad Patel said the state government is fully equipped to tackle the calamity. The shifting of over 34 thousand people living in low lying areas of eight coastal districts including Surat, Navsari, Valsad, and Bharuch to safer locations is underway, so far over 16 thousand have been moved to shelter homes.
In view of COVID 19, special precautions such as the use of masks, PPE suits, sanitizers are being taken. Around 265 shelter homes have been set up to accommodate the evacuated people.
Five more teams of NDRF were airlifted yesterday evening from Bhatinda. At present 18 teams of NDRF and 6 teams of SDRF have been deputed in the state. (AIR NEWS)