Cyclone Nisarga to Make Landfall Tomorrow, West Coast on Alert
GUWAHATI: As India braces to face the cyclone ‘Nisarga’ on its west coast, it is believed that the strength and intensity of the same would be much weaker than the super cyclonic storm Amphan which hit eastern India less than two weeks ago.
The cyclone is currently just a ‘depression’ which is likely to intensify into a ‘deep depression’ today after which the cyclone will be called Nisarga.
The cyclone, swiftly approaching the West Coast is headed towards north of Maharashtra and South of Gujarat tomorrow and will reach South of Mumbai and Daman around the same time.
Although the exact location of the landfall is still not determined, it is likely to be close to Mumbai. Neighbouring areas of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are also likely to be affected with heavy to very heavy rainfall until June 4.
With wind speeds in the range 95-105 km per hour, the storm is likely to develop into a severe cyclonic storm arising from the Indian Ocean.
Cyclones formed on the Bay of Bengal side are frequent and stronger than those on the Arabian Sea side due to the cold waters of the Arabian Sea discouraging the same. Odisha and Andhra Pradesh face the brunt of severe cyclones every year due to this reason.
Nisarga, in Bengali means 'nature'; the name was suggested by Bangladesh which is one of the 13 countries that will take turns in naming future cyclones that form over the North of Indian Ocean.
The next few cyclones are expected to be named Gati suggested by India, Nivar by Iran, Burevi by Maldives, Tauktae by Myanmar and Yaas by Oman.
Cyclones are named to reduce confusion, make it easier for people to remember and refer to in the future.