September 22, 2020 | 5:19 AM IST
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Cyclone Maha to hit Guj on Thursday; Bulbul forms over Bay of Bengal

The ‘Extremely Severe’ category Cyclone Maha, hovering over the East-Central Arabian Sea is expected to hit the Gujarat coast in the early hours of Thursday. It will continue to move in the east/northeast direction by Wednesday evening with a wind speed of over 80 km per hour and is expected to land between Devbhumi-Dwarka district and Union Territory of Diu.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted rough to very rough sea conditions to affect the East-Central Arabian Sea and heavy rain with thunder and lightning in south Gujarat and north Maharashtra areas. It, however, did not rule out the chances of the cyclone weakening before hitting the coast.
All educational institutions in coastal Palghar district of Maharashtra have been ordered to remain closed from November 6 to 8 as heavy rains are expected. Also, fishermen and tourists have been asked not to venture around the sea.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparation undertaken by the Gujarat and Maharashtra governments to meet the situation.
The Naval units of Gujarat, equipped with underwater diving equipment and inflatable boats, are on the alert to deal with any emergency. The four warships of the Western Naval Command have been loaded with Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (ADR) materials including food packets, water, medical supplies, and other essentials while the naval aircraft and helicopters have been put on standby.

Also, the state government has already deployed 15 additional teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to cope up with the situation.
While the western coastal region of the country gears up to deal with cyclone Maha, another cyclone –Bulbul is developing over the Bay of Bengal threatening the east coast.

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