Cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ will affect the coastal districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, more than Gujarat and other neighboring states, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. IMD said that the depression in the Arabian Sea is slated to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ and cross north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district and Daman on June 3.


IMD director-general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, “Monsoon vortex or cyclonic circulation has formed inthe Arabian Sea. As per our predictions, Maharashtra coastal districts like Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad, Mumbai and Palghar will be more affected by it.”

This depression is currently 690 km away from Mumbai. There could be inundation in low-lying areas, townships, and city areas. Wind speed could also cause damage to trees, telephone, and electric poles, he added.

He said rainfall in Maharashtra’s coastal districts will increase on June 2 and intensify further on June 3.
“We are expecting extremely heavy rainfall of more than 20 cm here on June 3.” He said that the severe cyclonic storm will have a wind speed of 90-105 kmph when it crosses the coast. “We are assessing it continuously. Central and state government agencies have been informed and are taking the steps,” he added.

Maharashtra and Gujarat are on pre-cyclone alert as very to extremely heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the states on June 3 and June 4. Due to its influence, the east central Arabian Sea and south east Arabian Sea is currently rough. Fishermen in Kerala, Lakshadweep, coastal Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat are advised not to venture into the sea till June 4.