Mumbai the financial capital of India is bracing for a cyclone in over 100 years. It was a tropical cyclone named Nisarga but it intensified into a “super cyclonic storm” today morning.
10 points about this cyclonic development
- Cyclone Nisarga will make landfall about 100 km from Mumbai near Alibaug. Its wind speed could be up to 110 km/hour gusting up to 120 km/hour.
- In Maharashtra, more than 19,000 people have been moved to safe places. CM Udbhav Thackeray has appealed people to stay indoors.
- The eye of the storm is visible in the Dopplers Weather Radars (DWR) that are tracking the storm in Mumbai and Goa. The diameter of the eye is 65 km.
- Mumbai police has banned human movement along the coastline since last night.
- Directorate General of Civil Aviation cautioned airlines against operating in cyclonic conditions.
- A storm surge of up to 6.5 meters high will inundate the low-lying areas of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts.
- Over 30 National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed at sensitive areas to conduct rescue operations.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and payed for the well being of all.
- Indian Coast Guard Ships and planes have been warning fishermen to return to harbour before cyclone sets in.
- It is second cyclone to strike India’s coastline in less than two weeks. Earlier Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal and Orissa. It killed 100 people and displaced millions.