Amid the threat posed by devastating Cyclone Nisarga, the Mumbai Police on Wednesday forced Section 144 in the entire city from midnight to Thursday noon and urged people to avoid coming out. On one side, Mumbai observed some relaxations amid the novel coronavirus in the fifth phase of the lockdown but now Mumbaikars have been warned to stay inside amid Nisarga.
After cyclone Amphan made its mark in West Bengal and Odisha now its cyclone Nisarga which will hit the coastal lines of Maharashtra with gusty winds which boast the speed of 110 kmph to 120 kmph.
According to the reports, the Nisarga cyclone will travel from Konkan’s Sindhudurg along with Ratnagiri hitting Mumbai and later moving towards Gujarat’s Bhavnagar affecting many parts of the state. Cities in Gujarat including Surat and Baruch have also been warned about the gusty winds which may flow at the speed of 115-120 mph. The NDRF teams are also on red-alert in various parts of the state.
As per the Indian Meteorological Department, the Nisarga cyclone is expected to cross Alibag in Konkan between 1 pm and 3 pm. The cyclone which is considered as rarest of all intensified into a severe cyclonic storm early on Wednesday morning.
The weather department has already issued a red alert for seven coastal districts of Maharashtra, while many districts sideways Gujarat’s coast have been warned for heavy rainfall. According to IMD, Mumbai will likely receive very heavy rainfall of nearly 164 mm.
Mumbai’s international airport will only operate 19 flights, including 11 departures and eight arrivals, due Nisarga cyclone. Due to the devastating cyclonic storm Nisarga that is moving towards India’s western coasts, IndiGo has cancelled 17 flights to and from Mumbai for June 3. Airline companies such as Vistara, SpiceJet have also cancelled their flights.
POWER SUPPLY MAY BE CUT
Nisarga which is about to hit the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that power supply in some places around the state may have to be cut if there is heavy rainfall and if it leads to flooding.