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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Highlights: ‘Worst has passed’, says NDRF chief on Cyclone Nisarga situation

Cyclone Nisarga made landfall at 11.30 am today morning south of Alibag in Maharastra’s Raigad district with strong winds of 120 to 140kmph, higher than expected, making it the second severe cyclone to hit Mumbai since 1961.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Jun 04, 2020 00:00 IST
Highlights: ‘Worst has passed’, says NDRF chief on Cyclone Nisarga situation

Cyclone Nisarga made landfall near Mahasrashtra's coastal town of Alibag, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Mumbai, on Wednesday afternoon.

It then crossed Maharashtra's coast, with its path veering to the east of Mumbai and its power expected to weaken by Wednesday night, they added.

The cyclone brought heavy rainfall -- with winds of 100-110 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph. Mumbai experienced downpours throughout the afternoon, with strong winds toppling trees in some cases.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General SN Pradhan said that 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the cyclone spot so far and 21 teams of the response force have been deployed in Maharashtra, whereas 22 teams have been deployed in the state of Gujarat.

10:36 PM IST

'Worst has passed': NDRF chief on Cyclone Nisarga situation

The National Disaster Response Force chief SN Pradhan said that the worst is over and that the cyclone situation was well negotiated because of timely preparations and coordination between central and state authorities.

10:34 PM IST

Extremely heavy rainfall likely in several Maharashtra districts: IMD

Extremely heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places in Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik districts & heavy to very heavy rainfall in Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Ahmednagar, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara districts in Maharashtra during the next two & half hours: IMD

08:49 PM IST

Fatalities due to Cyclone Nisarga mount to 2: Maharashtra CM

According to latest update from the Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray's office, the death toll due to Cyclone Nisarga has reached to two.

08:15 PM IST

Sigh of relief in Gujarat as cyclone makes little impact

No major damage from Cyclone Nisarga was reported in Gujarat where the state government as a precautionary measure had evacuated over 63,700 people from coastal areas, officials said on Wednesday.

07:24 PM IST

Flight operations at Mumbai airport resume

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport have resumed which were suspended at 2.30 pm as a precautionary measure against Cyclone Nisarga.

07:20 PM IST

10,000 evacuees from low-lying areas in Mumbai to be screened for Covid-19 symptoms

At least 10,000 evacuees from low-lying areas in Mumbai who were shifted to safer shelters in view of Cyclone Nisarga will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before being permitted to go home, the city’s municipal commissioner said Wednesday.

06:40 PM IST

Mumbai airport to reopen for flight operations at 6 pm

Mumbai airport will resume operations on Wednesdady evening. According to airport sources, 13 arrivals and 18 departures (including all cargo flights) operated at CSMIA before 2.30pm. Three flights had to be diverted. Ethiopian flight cargo from Adis Ababa, two Emirates cargo went back to Dubai and SpiceJet Jaipur- Mumbai 1057 had to be diverted to Surat. The flight will land in Mumbai after 6pm.

05:16 PM IST

Cyclone Nisarga claims one life in Raigad's Alibag

One death has been reported from Alibag in Raigad. According to District collector Raigad Nidhi Choudhary, a 58-year-old man died after an electric pole fell on him at Umte village in Alibag. No other death reported so far across the district, she said.

05:03 PM IST

Cyclone Nisarga shows signs of weakening

After storming the Maharashtra coast with wind speeds of up to 120 kmph on Wednesday afternoon, Cyclone Nisarga has started weakening and its intensity will reduce further by evening, the India Meteorological Department said. The landfall of the cyclone began at 12.30 PM at Alibaug and the process was completed by 2.30 PM, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.

The cyclone will further weaken into a cyclonic storm by evening and into a deep depression by late night, an IMD bulletin said.

05:00 PM IST

Pawar urges NCP workers to help cyclone-affected people

As cyclonic storm Nisarga lashed the coast of Maharashtra on Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar urged his party workers to help people at the time of the natural disaster.

In a statement, Pawar noted that the cyclone has caused severe damage to public and private properties and asked NCP workers to help those affected by the phenomenon.

04:25 PM IST

No major impact in Gujarat after landfall in Maharashtra

No untoward incident has been reported in southern coast of Gujarat so far on due to Cyclone Nisarga, whichmade landfall in Maharashtra, a senior official said. Authorities have so far shifted more than 63,700 people living close to the coast in eight districts to safer places as a precautionary measure, he said, reports PTI.

04:16 PM IST

Maharashtra CM asks state admin to ensure speedy relief

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state administration to maintain operational readiness and ensure immediate rescue works as the cyclonic storm moves from Mumbai and Thane to North Maharashtra. The Chief Minister's Office said that Thackeray is in constant touch with with collectors of districts on the western coast of the state for updates about the impact of Cyclone Nisarga, reports PTI.

03:28 PM IST

Mobile network disrupted in some parts of Raigad

Nidhi Choudhari, District Magistrate of Raigad said that mobile network services have been disrupted in some parts due to the impact of Cyclone Nisarga, reports ANI.

02:58 PM IST

Cylone landfall will be completed in one hour, says IMD

The India Meteorological Department said that the landfall process of Cyclone Nisarga will be completed in one hour and it will move further and weaken into a cyclonic storm during the next six hours, reports ANI.

02:25 PM IST

Hundreds living near Mumbai beaches being evacuated

Police said hundreds of people living near various beach areas in Mumbai are being shifted to safer places in vie of Cyclone Nisarga which has begun its landfall process. Mumbai Police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation are taking all precautionary measures to minimise damage caused by the cyclone, an official said , reports PTI.

First published: Jun 03, 2020 07:12 IST