Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray today urged Mumbaikars to stay indoors for two days as Cyclone Nisarga has been predicted by the weather department to make landfall in the the state’s coast tomorrow (June 3, 2020).
Nisarga Cyclone that formed due to a low pressure area in the Arabian Sea come at a time when Coronavirus has already put the state to standstill. Any damage caused by the cyclone will add more stress and could complicate the war against COVID-19.
Maharashtra Chief Minister has asked the people of Mumbai to be ready to face possible power cuts as strong winds likely to hit the city. He also requested people to chart their gadgets and if possible, keep emergency lights nearby.
Cyclone Nisarga, the first to strike near Mumbai in over 100 years, is most likely to make landfall expected tomorrow afternoon.
The India Meteorological Department or IMD said Nisarga is likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” with heavy rainfall and wind speeds in excess of 100 km per hour over the next 12 hours.
More than 10,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, have been shifted to safer locations. Mumbai has more than 41,000 coronavirus cases. Its suburbs and neighbouring Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg have been placed on high alert due to the incoming cyclone.
PM @narendramodi has spoken to CM of Maharashtra Shri Uddhav Thackeray, CM of Gujarat Shri @vijayrupanibjp and Administrator of Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli Shri @prafulkpatel regarding the cyclone situation. He assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the administrator of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli assuring support from the centre.