NEW DELHI: Cyclone Nisarga is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday after it was located 310 km southwest of Mumbai at 9:50pm last night by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Citizens in the city and the coastal districts have been advised to stay indoors on Wednesday and Thursday.
Here are the latest developments:
* Weather monitors have warned of a storm surge of up to 2m above the astronomical tide, and of winds gusting at up to 120kmph. Cyclone Nisarga is racing up the west coast and is expected to make landfall between Harihareshwar, 200km south of Mumbai in Raigad district, and Daman, almost 200km north of Mumbai. However, IMD believes the landfall is likely near Alibaug in Raigad district.
* Due to the cyclone, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has postponed ‘Mission Begin Again’, the easing of the lockdown from June 3, by two days.
* A red alert warning has been issued for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Wednesday.
* As many as 15 teams of NDRF and five SDRF have been deployed across districts in Maharashtra. An additional five NDRF teams are being airlifted from Vishakhapatnam. Four of them have been sent to Raigad, where the landfall will occur.
* Mumbai police has put public places along the coast like beaches, promenades, parks out of bounds of people under Section 144 of CrPC for 24 hours from Wednesday.
* Authorities have so far evacuated 65,000 people in five coastal districts of Maharashtra.
* CM Thackeray has advised people to not take shelter in temporary structures and dilapidated buildings, store drinking water and switch off power, especially in rural areas. A Covid-19 field hospital at BKC has also been evacuated to ensure safety of the patients.
* As a precaution, Mumbai airport will operate only 12 arrival flights on Wednesday as against the 25 it has been handling on an average daily for the past week.
* City collector Rajiv Nivatkar said long-distance trains will be allowed to ply depending on the weather situation.

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