The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) prepositioned 23 teams in anticipation of a cyclone storm that would hit the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3.
11 teams were deployed in Gujarat, 10 in Maharashtra and one in Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli. An NDRF team includes approximately 45 people.
NDRF teams are conducting surveys in coastal areas with local authorities.
The cyclone is accompanied by a unique challenge, which occurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the NDRF teams were informed, trained and equipped to deal with the double disaster.
Interior Minister Amit Shah also reported on the preparation for an impending cyclone.
Union Minister of the Interior @AmitShah held a review meeting with senior NDMA, NDRF, IMD and Indian Coast Guard officials on preparedness to deal with cyclone mixing in the Arabian Sea, which is expected to affect certain parties Maharashtra and Gujarat. MoS @nityanandraibjp was also present. pic.twitter.com/qxmeKkUUqt
– गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) June 1, 2020
A “red alert” warning, indicating extremely heavy rain in isolated locations, has been issued for Mumbai and six other Maharashtra districts – Palghar, Thane, Nasik, Dhule, Raigad and Nandurbar.
Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the storm should have a speed of 105-110 km / h when it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, he said.
“It will have an impact on Mumbai,” said IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
IMD said the low pressure area developing over the Arabian Sea was likely to intensify in a cyclonic storm and cross northern Maharashtra and the southern coast of Gujarat between Harihareshwar in the district of Raigad in Maharashtra and Daman Wednesday afternoon, causing heavy rains in its wake.
The meteorological office warned that the sea condition was likely to be very rough to high over the northeast of the Arabian Sea along and off the coast of Gujarat from June 3 and advised fishermen in the region not to venture out.
Earlier in the day, Mumbai experienced cloudy weather and light rain following the formation of the low pressure zone in the Arabian Sea, bringing people relief from the sweltering heat and humidity.