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03 Jun 2020 | 11:07 AM UTC

India: Severe cyclonic storm Nisarga makes landfall near Diveagar (Maharashtra state) June 3 /update 3

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Severe cyclonic storm Nisarga makes landfall near Diveagar (Maharashtra state) on June 3; further adverse weather forecast

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Maharashtra, Gujurat, Karnataka state, Goa state

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Severe cyclonic storm Nisarga made landfall near Diveagar (Maharashtra state), at least 100km (60 mi) south of Mumbai (Maharashtra state), at approximately 13:00 (local time) on Wednesday, June 3. Nisarga strengthened into a severe cyclonic storm as it approached the coast and was sustaining winds of between 100-110kph (62-68mph) with gusts of up to 120kph (75mph) as the landfall process began. Authorities at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) canceled a number of flights, and at least five train services departing Mumbai on Wednesday have been rescheduled, and three arriving services have been diverted due to inclement weather. Authorities evacuated 19,000 people in vulnerable parts of Maharashtra state, including beach areas of Mumbai. Authorities have warned that low lying areas of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad districts may be inundated by a storm surge of around 1 to 2 m (3 to 7 ft) whilst in Ratnagiri district may experience a storm surge of between 0.5 to 1 m (2 to 3 ft). Heavy rainfall is also forecast in the affected area, including in Mumbai and Thane districts. Nisarga is forecast to weaken into a depression as it moves inland in north-north-eastwards across north Maharashtra, carrying winds of up to 70 kph (43 mph) to Pune, Ahmednagar, Beed, Nashik, and Aurangabad districts.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that some affected areas may witness damage to insecure infrastructure, crops, and power lines. Associated flooding, landslides, and disruptions to transport and power supply are expected in western coastal areas, particularly in Maharashtra, in the coming days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate continuing disruptions, and never drive through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.


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