Cyclone Nisarga amidst COVID-19 Pandemic – Double Trouble for India.
Cyclone Nisarga made landfall today near Alibaug on Maharashtra coast with the wind speed of more than 110 km per hour, forcing over 1 million people to flee to shelters. Heavy rainfall and strong winds uprooted many trees and electricity poles. This severe cyclone is equivalent to a category 1 Atlantic hurricane.
Nisarg heading towards Maharastra
Tracking Cyclone Nisarga
2nd June: Low pressure formed over the Arabian Sea which is expected to rapidly intensify and move towards Maharastra. Alerts for heavy rainfall, flash floods were sent out by the government. The depression over east-central Arabian quickly intensified into a Deep Depression and then into a cyclonic storm. All COVID positive patients were evacuated to a special quarantine facility.
3rd June: Cyclonic storm further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and picked up wind-speed from 120kmph to 140kmph as the landfall began at 12:30 PM. Cyclone Nisarga started weakening after the landfall. The India Meteorological Department bulletin said
The Cyclonic Storm “NISARGA” over interior Maharashtra moved north-northeastwards … wind speed is currently 90-100kmph and the intensity will reduce further by evening. The cyclone will further weaken into a cyclonic storm by evening and into a deep depression by late night.India Meteorological Department National Bulletin, June 3, 2020
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Cyclone will likely have an adverse impact on the COVID-19 pandemic in western India, as maintaining social distance and hygiene protocols is very difficult for evacuees. On top of that, flash floods and heavy rains will worsen the rescue operations.
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