Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall near Alibag

Delhi: The landfall process will be completed in one hour, the IMD said. Tropical storm Nisarga  which intensified into a “severe cyclonic storm”, made landfall on the Maharashtra coast on Wednesday afternoon.On Wednesday morning, the storm was headed towards Alibag in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, about 100 km from Mumbai. It began its landfall around 1 pm  at a speed of 120 km to 140 km per hour, fight oprations were stopped at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport till 7 pm due to the cyclonic storm. The cyclone is expected to trigger heavy rainfall and wind in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is expected to complete entering over Mumbai and Thane by 3 pm. “The rear part of the wall cloud region is still over the sea and the landfall process will be completed in one hour,” the India Meteorological Department said. “Its current intensity near the centre is 90 to 100 km per hour to 110 km per hour. It will move northeastwards and weaken into a cyclonic storm during next six hours. Maharashtra Chief Minister  said around 1,500 citizens were evacuated and shifted to a safe and sturdy shelter in Alibag