Focus: GS-I Geography, GS-III Disaster Management
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- 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.
- 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.
-Source: Hindustan Times, Times of India