Cyclone Nisarge is on its way to Mumbai and has made landfall between Murud and Revdanda in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. Authorities have declared red alerts in these areas and are evacuating thousands of people. These evacuations are mainly happening in coastal areas of the state and in Gujarat, as reported by officials.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for seven coastal districts of Maharashtra. Many districts along Gujarat are also expected to receive heavy rainfall.
When it comes to the cyclone, Mumbai falls right in its path and is likely to receive heavy rainfall. Rainfall over 164mm is highly expected.
This cyclone makes matters worse as Maharashtra has been battling the pandemic and is the worst-hit state in India. There seem to be concerned regarding the strain the cyclone will have on healthcare and infrastructure and even municipal resources that are deployed to help patients at the moment.
The CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has announced preparatory measures taken for the cyclone. He stated in a post shared on Instagram, “We are prepared. The Army, Navy, Air force is on standby. A total of 19 teams of the NDRF (15) and SDRF (4) have been deployed wherever needed and five more teams are ready for additional help.”
With these measures in place, Mumbai and Maharashtra at large is preparing to tackle the cyclone. Cyclone Nisarga is the 65th cyclone in the North Indian Ocean and gets its name as proposed by Bangladesh and it means “Nature” in Bengali.