Cyclone Nisarga: Maharashtra CM Announces Rs 100 Cr Aid for Raigad

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will visit Raigad district today which was affected by Cyclone Nisarga that hit Maharashtra and Gujarat on Wednesday, 3 June.

A a 58-year-old man had died after an electric pole fell on him in the Alibag area of Raigad on Wednesday due to the cyclone. In another incident, a 65-year-old woman died and five of her family members were injured in an incident of wall collapse in Pune district.

A day after the tragedy, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had begun the restoration work. 20 teams were deployed across Maharashtra, 7 teams each in Raigad and Mumbai, according to Satya Pradhan, Director General of NDRF.

  • Several low-lying areas in Pune were inundated due to rains brought by the cyclone, with incidents of trees falling due to gusty winds also reported in some parts of the city, according to PTI
  • Strong winds and rainfall were witnessed in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, damaging infrastructure and disrupting mobile network services
  • Three members of a family were injured when cement blocks from an adjacent under-construction building fell on their shanty at Mumbai’s Santacruz due to gusty winds.
  • After intensifying into a “severe cyclonic storm” early on Wednesday, Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ made landfall on the Maharashtra coast near Alibag

Uddhav Announces Rs 100-Crore Financial Assistance for Raigad District

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visits cyclone-hit Raigad district; announces Rs 100-crore financial assistance, reports ANI.

Maha CM to Visit Affected Areas Today

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to visit Raigad district today, ANI reports.

Several parts of the district, including Alibaug, were affected due to Cyclone Nisarga.

Intense Rain Likely at Isolated Places

Intense spells of rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai and Raigad during next 3 hours, says IMD Mumbai.

Cyclone Weakens into a Depression

Deep Depression weakened into a Depression over west Vidarbha (Maharashtra) at 0530 IST of 4 June, to move east-northeastwards and weaken into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area (WML) by today evening, says India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Cyclone 'Nisarga' Weakens Into Cyclonic Storm

Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ has weakened into a cyclonic storm over coastal Maharashtra, the IMD said late on Wednesday, adding that light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in the next 24 hours.

"Extremely heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places in Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik districts, and heavy to very heavy rainfall in Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Ahmednagar, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara districts in Maharashtra during the next two and a half hours," the department was quoted by ANI as saying.

Man Dies After Electric Pole Falls on Him in Alibag

A 58-year-old man died after an electric pole fell on him in Alibag area of Raigad on Wednesday, the district collector said, reported ANI.

In another incident, a 65-year-old woman died and five of her family members were injured in an incident of wall collapse in Pune district.

'Cyclone Nisarga to Weaken Into Depression in Next 6 Hrs': IMD Director General

“We expect that Cyclone Nisarga will weaken into a deep depression within the next three hours and further weaken into a depression in the next six hours. Currently, it lays centred over Pune,” IMD’s Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was quoted by ANI as saying on Wednesday evening.

Cyclone Nisarga: Trees Uprooted in Pune, Palghar

Several low-lying areas in Pune were inundated due to rains brought by the cyclone, with incidents of trees falling due to gusty winds also reported in some parts of the city, according to PTI.

Gusty winds also led to uprooting of trees in Palghar.

Operations Resume at Mumbai Airport

Operations were scheduled to resume at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai from 6 pm on Wednesday, hours after the airport halted take-offs or landings in view of Cyclone ‘Nisarga’, the airport public relations officer said.

3 Injured After Cement Blocks Fall on Shanty in Mumbai

Three members of a family were injured on Wednesday when cement blocks from an adjacent under-construction building fell on their shanty at Mumbai's Santacruz due to gusty winds in the wake of Cyclone Nisarga, the police said.

CM Thackeray Directs Administration to Maintain Operational Readiness

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the state administration to maintain operational readiness and ensure immediate rescue works as Cyclone Nisarga moves from Mumbai and Thane towards north, PTI reported.

'Trees Uprooted, Electricity Lines Damaged': Raigad Collector

Speaking to The Quint on the situation in Raigad, where Cyclone Nisarga made landfall on Wednesday, collector Nidhi Chaudhari said as many as 13,541 people have been evacuated in the district.

"There's heavy rainfall, gusty winds are blowing all over the district. It started from Diveagar, Shrivardhan and then it moved to Alibag. Right now, it's widening across the district. Trees have been uprooted in many locations, electricity lines have also been damaged badly. Tin sheds that were not tightly fixed have been damaged," she said.

"People who were either living in kaccha houses or in slums, or even if they were living in pucca houses but on the ground floor surrounded by trees, which could have fallen on the building — such people were evacuated until midnight yesterday," she added.

Cyclone Nisarga: Strong Winds Blow Away Roof of a Building in Raigad

No Take-Off or Landing at Mumbai Airport Till 7 pm

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has said that no take-off or landings would take place at the airport due to the cyclone till 7 pm.

Cyclone Nisarga Update: High Tides Hit Gujarat Coast

Along with Maharashtra, Gujarat coast too is facing the effect of the cyclone. High tides were seen at Dwarka Coast in Gujarat after cyclone made landfall.

Strong Winds Prevail Over Alibag

Alibag is facing strong winds and heavy rainfall as Cyclone Nisarga hits the land.

43 NDRF Teams in Maha, Gujarat

About 43 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are deployed in the two states; of which 21 are in Maharashtra and 16 are in Gujarat, SN Pradhan, NDRF Director General told ANI.

Nearly 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the cyclone spot, he updated.

Landfall Begins 

IMD says Cyclone Nisarga is close to Maharashtra coast and landfall process has started.

Trees Uprooted in Raigad District

Many trees have uprooted in the Raigad district due to strong winds as Cyclone Nisarga approaches, reports ANI.

The cyclone is expected to make landfall in an hour in the state and the process will be completed during the next 3 hours, as per IMD.

8 Disaster Relief Teams for Maharashtra 

Indian Coast Guard Region (West) has mobilised 8 Disaster Relief Teams for Maharashtra to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief arising due to impending landfall of Cyclone Nisarg, says Indian Coast Guard.

Around 390 From Raigad Shifted to Relief Camp

Around 390 people have been shifted to a relief camp setup at a school in Alibag, in view of the Cyclone Nisarga that will cross Maharashtra coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, very close to Alibag, reports ANI.

BMC Arranges Schools As Temporary Shelters

BMC has arranged about 35 schools as temporary shelters for citizens who have been appealed to relocate there, ANI quoted Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as saying.

93 lifeguards have been deployed at 6 beaches, said BMC.

'Strong Winds of 100-120 Kmph Over Mumbai Between 1 PM-4 PM'

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD says, "Cyclone Nisarga will cross Maharashtra coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, very close to Alibag between 1 pm to 4 pm. While crossing the coast it will have strong winds of 100-120 kmph over Mumbai, Thane & Raigad districts of Maharashtra," reports ANI.

"Wind speed of about 80 to 90 kmph is expected over Maharashtra's Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Palghar. Over Gujarat's Navsari & Valsad wind speed of about 60-80 kmph is expected. By midnight it will weaken & by tomorrow morning it will become depression", he adds.

Do's & Don'ts Shared by CMO

The office of Chief Minister has released a list of things to be careful of during Cyclone Nisarga.

Cyclone Nisarga 200 Kms Away From Mumbai

Cyclone Nisarga has become severe cyclonic storm, it is 200 kms away from Mumbai, ANI reports Shubhangi Bhute, Scientist, IMD Mumbai as saying.

"The cyclone is moving north easterly towards Alibag in Raigad district. The Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga is likely to cross south of Alibag between 1 pm to 3 pm," she added.

Live Update From Mumbai by The Quint's Reporter

The Quint's Ankita Sinha reports live. Here is how the situation was at 8.30 am in the morning on Wednesday,

Trains Diverted from Mumbai

Central Railway has rescheduled, diverted and regulated some trains from Mumbai due to Cyclone Nisarga, PTI reports.

Wind Speed 90-100 Kmph Now

Cyclone Nisarga's eye diameter has decreased to about 65 km, ANI quotes Government of India. Wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph, gusting to 110 mph.

Around 15,000 Evacuated Citizens in Alibag Shelter

Around 15,000 evacuated citizens safely staying in a shelter in Thal, Alibag, Raigarh as per NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), ANI reports.

Prohibitory Orders Issued in Mumbai Under Sec 144: Police Officials

Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), in view of cyclonic conditions in the city to ensure that there is no danger to human life, health or safety, ANI cited Office of the Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai.

IAF Provides Assistance Against Nisarga Cyclone

IAF continues in a heightened state of preparedness to provide required assistance in combating Nisarga Cyclone, ANI cited IAF.

Yesterday, one IAF IL-76 aircraft landed at Surat with 5 NDRF teams and another IL-76 airlifted 5 NDRF teams from Vijayawada for Mumbai, as per Indian Air Force (IAF).

'People Are Advised to Remain Indoors'

"People are advised to remain indoors but mobilise evacuation from low lying areas. I advise fishermen to suspend operations and not venture into Eastcentral and Northeast Arabian Sea along & off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra-south Gujarat coast," ANI quoted Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Earth Sciences as saying.

NDRF Teams Recceing

NDRF took a recce at Khambat coast early this morning to evaluate the situation.

Cyclone Nisarga Approaching North Maharashtra Coast

According to IMD's recent bulletin, Cyclone Nisarga is approaching north Maharashtra coast with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours. It is 155 km south-southwest of Alibag and 200 km south-southwest of Mumbai.

20 NDRF Teams in Maharashtra 

According to NDRF, 20 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Maharashtra out of which Mumbai has 8 teams, Raigad 5 teams, Palghar 2 teams, Thane 2 teams (1 enroute), Ratnagiri 2 teams and Sindhudurg 1 team, reports ANI.

Evacuation at Koliwada, Alibag

NDRF teams conducted evacuation of population in very early morning hours of 3 June at Koliwada, Alibag, Maharashtra, ANI cited NDRF Director General SN Pradhan.

IndiGo to Operate Only 3 Flights From Mumbai Tomorrow; Cancels 17 Flights

IndiGo has cancelled 17 flights to and from Mumbai, to only operate three flights from Mumbai tomorrow, reports ANI.

Need to Evacuate 21,000 People Along Coastline: Palghar Dist Collector

Kailash Shinde, Palghar District Collector, Maharashtra said, “We need to evacuate around 21,000 people who live along the coastline. We have made arrangements for hand washing, sanitisers, masks and social distancing will be maintained at the evacuation shelters.”

Indian Navy Ready With Resources to Deal With Cyclone Nisarga

Western Naval Command has mobilised adequate resources for flood relief, rescue and diving assistance in the event of excessive rainfall and flooding of both, urban and rural areas in coordination with the respective State Governments on the Western seaboard, the Indian Navy stated.

Indian Navy further added, “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 (HADR) during the storm period.”

Appeal Everyone to Stay Indoors Next 2 Days: Maharashtra CM

“I appeal to the citizens to stay indoors for the next two days,” said Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Cyclone Nisarga.

PM Speaks to Maha, Gujarat CMs, Assures All Help

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Maharashtra and Gujarat chief ministers over cyclone situation, assured all possible central help, the PMO stated.

Section 144 Imposed in Greater Mumbai Ahead of Cyclone Nisarga

The Commissioner of Police, Gr Mumbai issues prohibitory orders u/s 144 of CrPC restricting any presence or movement of persons in public places along the coast like beaches, promenades, parks and other such places near the coastline to prevent loss of life and property.

The order will remain in effect from midnight today till 12 noon tomorrow, reports ANI.

NDRF, Police Evacuate Villagers From Mendhar, Bhat in Gujarat

In Gujarat, NDRF and police evacuate people from Mendhar and Bhat villages of Navsari district in view of Cyclone Nisarga.

NDRF Team Deployed in Palghar, 13 Villages to Be Evacuated

In Maharashtra, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been deployed in Palghar in view of Cyclone Nisarga. An NDRF official said, “We'll be evacuating people from coastal areas of about 13 villages and are prepared to carry out the operation while following social distancing norms.”

'Nisarga' Likely to Intensify Into 'Severe Cyclonic Storm' in 12 Hrs, Make Landfall Near Alibag Tomorrow

The IMD on Tuesday said that Cyclone 'Nisarga' is very likely to intensify into a "severe cyclonic storm" over the next 12 hours and will cross the Maharashtra and south Gujarat coast on Wednesday.

"Cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall near Alibag tomorrow. At the time of landfall, wind speed is expected to be 100 kmph. Palghar, Pune, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Dhule and Nandurbar, Nashik are expected to receive heavy rainfall tomorrow," Dr Anupam Kashyapi of IMD in Pune was quoted by ANI as saying.

Deep Depression in Arabian Sea, Likely to Further into Cyclonic Storm in 12 Hrs: IMD

“Deep depression in Arabian Sea intensifies into cyclone, likely to turn into severe cyclonic storm,” said IMD.

PM Modi on Cyclone Nisarga

"Took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions in parts of India’s western coast. Praying for everyone’s well-being. I urge people to take all possible precautions and safety measures," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

20,000 People to Be Evacuated From Gujarat Villages

20,000 people from villages near Gujarat coast to be evacuated ahead of cyclone, PTI cited officials.

10 NDRF Teams in Maha, 11 in Gujarat

NDRF has deployed 10 teams in Maharashtra and 11 teams in Gujarat as per NDRF DG, ANI reports.

5 more teams will be deployed in Gujarat by tonight, he adds.

Landfall Location Will Be Close to Alibag: IMD

“The landfall location will be very close to Alibag but extensive damage can be expected in Mumbai also,” Hindustan Times quoted Sunita Devi, India Meteorological Department.

IMD Scientist on Cyclone Nisarga

"Present weather conditions indicate that depression lies over east-central and its adjoining areas of the southeast Arabian Sea, and is moving northwards. It's lying over 360 km southwest of Panjim, 670 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 900km of south-southwest of Surat," says Naga Ratna, IMD Scientist, as per ANI.

Depression to Intensify into Cyclonic Storm in 12 Hours: IMD

"The depression over east-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past 6 hrs, intensified into a deep depression, and lay centered at 0530 hours today," says India Meteorological Department.

IMD also added, "It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 12 hours," ANI reports.

NDRF Team in Maharashtra 

NDRF Chief SN Pradhan says NDRF teams have been deployed in Palghar area.

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