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Nisarga: the first tropical cyclone to hit Maharashtra in 129 years

The cyclonic storm Nisarga could be the first tropical cyclone in 129 years to hit Maharashtra in the month of June.

Nisarga: the first tropical cyclone to hit Maharashtra in 129 years
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the cyclonic storm Nisarga, which has turned into a depression in the Arabian Sea, will hit Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3. As per media reports, no weather system has turned into a cyclone and made landfall near Mumbai or along the Maharashtra coast during June. This cyclonic storm could be the first tropical cyclone in 129 years to hit Maharashtra in the month of June. The Meteorological depart has released a photo in this regard.



At the moment, the storm is brewing in the Arabian sea near Lakshadweep. The IMD had earlier issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane with a red alert for Palghar

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had requested the fishermen to avoid venturing out into the sea. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed nine teams in Maharashtra on Monday as a result of the developing cyclone situation in the Arabian Sea. The NDRF said three teams have been deployed in Mumbai, two in Palghar and one each in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg. Moreover, the NDRF is in close contact with the R&R Department of Maharashtra government, India Meteorological Department (IMD) authorities, and district administration.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also stated 10 teams of the NDRF have already taken the position in five districts of south Gujarat and Bhavnagar and Amreli districts of Saurashtra to deal with any situation arising out of the cyclone. These five districts of south Gujarat are Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad and Dang.

As per environmental experts, there have been only two depressions, 1948 and 1980. They have come close but have never turned into a tropical cyclone during June according to records. Once this system intensifies into Cyclone Nisarga, it will be the second cyclone over North Indian Ocean this season this year, the first being Super Cyclone Amphan.

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