Maharashtra: Cyclone Nisarga landfall begins

Cyclone Nisarga has started making landfall in Maharashtra on Wednesday and the process will last for three hours. The cyclonic storm has made landfall in Alibaug in Raigad district on the Maharashtra coast.

“NISARGA is making the landfall south of Alibag now. Strong winds (~120-140 hmph) and Heavy Rains in the Eye wall. Eye wall is fast rotating (anti-clockwise) mass of deep convective clouds wrapped around the EYE,” M Rajeevan, the secretary with the ministry of earth sciences, said.

“The centre of the severe cyclone Nisarga is very close to Maharashtra coast. Landfall process has started, and it will be completed during the next 3 hours. The northeast sector of the eye of the severe cyclonic storm is entering into land,” IMD earlier said.

CMO Maharashtra tweeted, “Around 1500 citizens evacuated and placed in safe sturdy shelter in Alibag, Raigad this morning.”

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in areas expected to be affected along Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts.

PM Modi spoke to the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat and the administrator of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and assured all possible support.