Mumbai, November 3: The Maharashtra government, citing the inputs received from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), has issued a rainfall alert for northern Maharashtra and Konkan region. Fishermen along the Konkan coastline, which includes the districts of Alibag, Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Palghar and Dahanu have been barred from venturing into the sea. Cyclone Maha Update: Gujarat, Andaman & Nicobar Likely to Receive Heavy Rainfall Due to Cyclonic Storm, Says IMD.
For the next 24 hours, rainfall is expected over Maharashtra and Saurashtra region due to the cyclone. Thunderstorm is predicted in several pockets of the region, which may end up damaging the crops which are ready for harvest. The warning comes a couple of days after a farmer in Palghar committed suicide after his field was submerged in knee-deep water.
Maharashtra, along with Goa and Karnataka, have faced the worst-brunt of the post-Monsoon cyclones - Kyarr and Maha. Severals acres of farmlands have been damaged in Maharashtra, with farmers waiting for relief measures as there is no elected government in the state.
Update on Cyclone Maha:
Alert related to Cyclinic Storm MAHA issued today by Govt of Maharashtra, based on the IMD updates.
Alerts for North Madhya Maharashtra and north Konkan, including port and fishermen warnings.
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Movement of Cyclone Maha:
According to the statement issued by the IMD, Maha, which is still a severe cyclonic storm, has intensified over east central Arabian Sea and "moved further westwards with a speed of 09 kmph during past 06 hours".
"It is very likely to move west-northwestwards slowly till November 4, recurve east-northeastwards and move rapidly thereafter and weaken gradually from November 5 onwards. It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Diu and Dwarka as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph around mid-night of 6th November/early hours of 7th November, 2019," the statement added.
Under the influence of cyclone 'Maha' and its likely interaction with westerly trough, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Gujarat region & Saurashtra coasts on November 6-7 and isolated heavy falls likely over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and West Madhya Pradesh on November 7.