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MUMBAI ON CYCLONE RED ALERT

Focus: GS-I Geography, GS-III Disaster Management

Why in news?

  • With severe cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ expected to cross Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai and neighbouring districts.
  • This will be the first time in History that Mumbai is issued a red alert because of a cyclone.

Details

  • As per the current forecast, the region between Daman (near Gujarat) and Harihareshwar in Raigad — along the Konkan coastline, which encompasses Mumbai — as well as some inland districts of Maharashtra, stand to be affected.
  • Scientists said Nisarga, likely to make landfall on June 3 afternoon could inundate low lying areas especially in cities like Mumbai and cause structural damage from falling trees and power poles.
  • The IMD forecast also said that Gujarat’s coastal areas of Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Dangs and Bharuch, besides Daman, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts in Saurashtra may be affected.

Click Here to Read more about the Formation of Cyclones and Low Pressure Zones

-Source: Hindustan Times, Times of India

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