As India battled the ongoing pandemic and last month’s cyclone which was the strongest cyclone to hit the Indian sub-continent since the cyclone of 2007. Nearly 4 million Indians were evacuated in preparing for the latter. And as luck would have it, another cyclonic windy storm is setting to enter India’s West Coast.
Weather Forecast Today in the West Coast repeated warning of Cyclone “Nisarg” where thousands of residents have been evacuated from Maharashtra and Gujarat which ironically are the two worst-hit states by the pandemic. Cyclone Nisarg intensified into a severe cyclonic storm Wednesday and is expected to cross the Maharashtra coast this afternoon. This storm is likely to make landfall between Harihareshwar and Daman, which fall closely to Alibagh which lies 150 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 380 kms south-southwest of Surat(Gujarat).
The cyclone is currently moving north-northeastwards at a speed of 16 kmph with a wind speed that ranges between 110-110 kmph with winds gushing to over 120 kmph at times. No flights will depart from nearby airports with only 12 flights that will be making a scheduled landing. Furthermore, The Indian Navy and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on standby to conduct rescue and relief operations.
In a wake to prepare for the cyclone, more than 100,000 coronavirus ridden patients brace for impact as India is looking to weather the second cyclone to hit the country within a span of two weeks. In response to the cyclone, the entire city of Mumbai has been put under section 144, which is the landmass where the cyclone can precipitate the most damage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held emergency meetings with the head of States of the latter and reprimanded all assurance of help from the Central Government.