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Cyclone Nisarga: Navy keeps rescue teams on stand-by


Cyclone Nisarga: Navy keeps rescue teams on stand-by
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The cyclonic storm Nisarga that has been brewing in the Arabian Sea is slated to hit Maharashtra today in the afternoon. Five rescue teams and three diving teams have been kept on stand-by by the Western Naval Command.

The five rescue teams have been posted in the naval stations in South Mumbai. The station commanders are known to be in touch with the state authorities. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier stated that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed ten teams for rescue operations in view of the Nisarga cyclone, which is to hit the west coast of Maharashtra. In addition to this, a team each of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) have already been stationed in the districts.

The wind speed of the cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea is 80-90 kph gusting to 100 kph at 0230 hours IST of 03-06-2020 as per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It further added that that wind speed is very likely to further increase to 100-110 kph gusting to 120 kph during next 12 hours. The impact of Nisarga is said to happen maximum over Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts which might also impact adjoining districts like Palghar and Ratnagiri and a few districts of Gujrat. Furthermore, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected. Tidal waves are also expected to rise one to two metres high above the astronomical tides.

Before cyclone Nisarga could hit the city of Mumbai, the Police Commissioner of Mumbai issued curfew orders under section 144 which restricts any presence or movement of people in public places, especially along the coasts like beaches, promenades, parks and other such places near the coastline to prevent loss of life and property. Citizens have been further asked to stay at home and remain vigilant in order to safeguard themselves.

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