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    Cyclone to hit Alibaug today, flood Mumbai's low-lying areas

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    Cyclone Nisarga will be the second severe storm to hit India’s coastline in two weeks, and the first in at least a century to come close to India’s financial capital, scientists at the India Meteorology Department said. Mumbai is likely to be drenched in 200 mm of rain on Wednesday, which is nearly a fifth of the total rainfall the metropolis gets in June.

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    New Delhi: A severe cyclone will hit Maharashtra’s Alibaug with gusts of 120 km per hour and flood low-lying areas in the region, including Mumbai.

    Cyclone Nisarga will be the second severe storm to hit India’s coastline in two weeks, and the first in at least a century to come close to India’s financial capital, scientists at the India Meteorology Department (IMD) said.

    Mumbai is likely to be drenched in 200 mm of rain on Wednesday, which is nearly a fifth of the total rainfall the metropolis gets in June. This will cause water logging in low-lying areas, scientists said.

    "Although landfall is expected in Alibaug, Mumbai will also see some damage due to high wind speeds and water logging," Shubhangi Bhute, scientist at IMD Mumbai, told ET.

    With storm surges between 1 and 2 metres above the tide, landfall is expected in Alibaug in Raigarh district, 94 km south of Mumbai. "The sea condition will also be very rough as the storm reaches the coastal regions," said Bhute.

    However, landfall is expected to hit in the afternoon during a low tide, mitigating some of the damage.

    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 31 teams in Maharashtra and Gujarat in anticipation of the damage, said S N Pradhan, DG of NDRF.

    Sixteen of these teams are in Maharashtra, including seven in reserve, said Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. "Slum dwellers in Mumbai metropolitan area, especially in the low-lying areas, have been instructed to evacuate," said a statement from Thackeray's office.

    The cyclone will also affect the southern coastal regions of Gujarat. Heavy rain is expected in Goa as well.

    NDRF teams are still restoring parts of West Bengal afflicted with Cyclone Amphan.
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