NEW DELHI: The cyclone Nisarga made the landfall at Alibaug area on India’s western coast, near financial capital Mumbai, at around 13:15 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, even as winds up to the speed of 120-140 kilometers per hour (kmph) were reported from the area, confirmed an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
TV reports showed trees being uprooted, and temporary roofs flying in the air along the western coastline areas hit by the cyclone.
The cyclone is expected to complete the landfall in the next three hours, said the IMD official. It is likely to adversely affect areas in southwestern state of Maharashtra and western state of Gujarat, as it gradually moves towards the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
People living in low lying areas have been rehabilitated in safer places, and power supplies have cut in many areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.
Elaborate arrangements have been made in the affected areas, even as several teams of the National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed to carry out the relief and rescue work. Indian Army and Indian Navy personnel have been kept on standby, said official sources.
“With the cyclonic storm Nisarga brewing in the Arabian Sea, all teams have been put on alert and are in readiness to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief during the storm period,” said the Indian Navy in an official statement.
This is the second successive cyclone to hit India in two weeks. Earlier, super cyclone “Amphan” had hit the eastern coastal areas on May 20, affecting several districts in the states of Odisha and West Bengal, leaving behind a tale of devastation.
According to media reports, cyclone Nisarga is less devastating as compared to Amphan.