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Nisarga Update: 2 dead; 3 injured in Pune

The cyclone has now weakened into cyclonic storm over coastal Maharashtra. Light to moderate rainfall at most places, heavy to very heavy falls at isolated areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh is expected.

June 1:

  • The home minister Amit Shah had high-level meeting on preparedness for cyclone ‘Nisarga’. This meeting was held with the officials of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Coast Guard to know their preparedness for dealing with this cyclone which was expected to hit parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra on June 3.


  • As per NDRF DG, cyclone Nisarga will have negotiable wind speed but evacuation from coastal area was carried out as a precautionary measure. NDRF already deployed 13 teams in Gujarat including 2 kept in reserve while 16 teams were deployed in Maharashtra including 7 teams kept in reserve.


  • Maharashtra CM Udhav Thackeray had a discussion with Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the preparedness for the cyclone. The meeting was held online through video conferencing. In this meeting, the preparation made by the state was review.


June 2:

  • IMD said that the cyclone Nisarga is likely to make a landfall on June 3 near Maharashtra. The IMD also predicted that the national capital and some parts of Uttar Pradesh can receive rainfall.


  • NDRF teams were deployed in various parts of state as the cyclone is likely to make landfall in south Mumbai. 2 teams were deployed in Palghar, 3 teams in Mumbai, 1 in Thane, 2 teams in Raigad and 1 team in Ratnagiri.


  • IMD predicted the cyclone to turn in ‘severe cyclonic storm’ in next 24 hours. This report came out at 12.35 PM.


  • NDRF deployed 20 more teams in Gujarat and Maharashtra on June 2 afternoon as the cyclone was likely to convert into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’.


  • On the same afternoon, PM Modi reviews the situation on India’s western coast. He also urged the people to take all the possible precautions and safety measures.


  • IMD then in evening said that the landfall is likely to make in Alibag by the cyclone with the expected wind speed of 100 kmph.


  • The Palgarh district of Mumbai was issued a warning in the wake of the cyclone. The villagers were ordered to empty the villages by 5 pm.


  • The reports which came out in night of June 2 stated that the storm over East-central Arabian Sea has moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours.


  • Late night, actor Akshay Kumar shared the guidelines issued by BMC to stay safe from the cyclone while Vicky Kaushal shared the picture of cloudy sky with a caption, “Hope these first showers only bring joy and not drama”


  • Around midnight, Palghar administration made arrangements to evacuate 21,000 people to ensure the safety and the guidelines for protection from COVID-19 were being followed.


  • Later, Mumbai police issued the prohibitory orders restricting the presence or movement of persons along coastline.


  • Rajiv Gauba chaired the meeting of National crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the preparation of states and central ministries to deal with the cyclonic storm.


June 3


  • Indigo cancelled 17 flights arriving and departing at Mumbai Airport. Only 3 flights were operated.


  • Maharashtra and Gujarat got 5- 5 additional NDRF teams in wake of cyclone.


  • 70 Dahanu-Agar villagers were shifted to hostel as a precautionary measure.


  • Railway also rescheduled the 8 special trains for Mumbai area owing to cyclone Nisarga threat.


  • Only 19 flights were allowed to operate from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport including 11 departures and 8 arrivals.


  • The early morning reports stated that the cyclone is within the radius of 300 kms from Mumbai.


  • The morning reports stated that the cyclone is approaching North Maharashtra coast with a speed of 11 kmph.


  • Section 144 was imposed in Mumbai from midnight to Thursday afternoon which restricts the gathering of 2 or more people. The police also restricted the citizens from going to places like beaches, parks etc.


  • Cyclone was expected to make landfall between 1 pm to 4 pm, according to IMD reports.


  • BMC conducted a structural inspection of temporary COVID-19 health centres.


  • Residents near Mumbai seashore were evacuated through buses to safer areas with the help of BMC


  • Animals were also shifted from Mumbai Zoo to holding centres to protect animals from tree falls.


  • Maharashtra CMO releases a list of DO’s and DON’T’s to stay safe from cyclone


  • In the afternoon, Indian Coast Guard mobilizes 8 disaster relief teams in Maharashtra to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


  • The vehicular movement was also restricted on Bandra-Worli Sea Link until further notice and all flights were cancelled between 2.30 pm to 7 pm.


  • The mayor also inspected the Girgaon beach before heading towards Versova in view of the cyclone.


  • Palghar administration evacuates vulnerable people as severe cyclone made landfall near Alibag


  • Cyclone Nisarga crosses Raigad in Maharashtra with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph.


  • The night reports stated that the Cyclone Nisarga weakened into cyclonic storm over coastal Maharashtra. The weather agency predicted light to moderate rainfall at various places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.


  • 6 flights were diverted at Pune Airport and one flight was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.


June 4

  • Early morning reports stated that 2 lives were lost and 3 were injured in Pune due to this cyclone. Over 100 ‘kutcha houses’ were partially damaged. 3 animals were also killed.






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