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Cyclone NISARG To Make Landfall In Mumbai Today; NDRF Teams Ready
11 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Gujarat and 10 teams in Maharashtra.
NEW DELHI: Tropical storm ‘Nisarga’, which is headed towards the coast in Gujarat and Maharashtra is expected to make landfall close to Mumbai TODAY (June 3). Mumbai and the neighbouring districts have been placed on high alert by the government.
Nisarga is a severe cyclone and the deployed team has been expecting a wind speed of 90-100 kmph. As a precautionary measure, the NDRF has started the evacuation of people from the coastal area of both the states.
Director-General of NDRF S N Pradhan has said that 11 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Gujarat and 10 teams in Maharashtra in view of Cyclone Nisarga.
Gujarat had asked for five more teams, which were then airlifted from Punjab and reached the state yesterday evening.
Two teams are in standby for Gujarat and six teams in standby for Maharashtra.
The NDRF DG informed that the evacuation process and awareness drive has started. He said, although the Cyclone is not in the extremely Severe category, all precautions are being taken.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani and Administrator of Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Praful K Patel regarding the cyclonic storm situation. He assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre.
As per the CMO Maharashtra, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey through a video conference to review the state’s preparedness. 31 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been deployed to both the states.
As per IMD, the depression over the east-central Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm. It will likely move near northwards during the next 06 hours and will recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining South Gujarat Coast between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman at the afternoon of June 3.
Fishermen have also been asked to come back from the sea and the district collectors of the concerned areas in both states have been asked to ensure that there is no loss of life.
The storm may also cause major damage to thatched houses, power and communication lines, huts, and coastal crops.
• NDRF also mentioned that steps are being taken to ensure that there will be no disruption of the power supply when the states have already been battling the COVID-19 crisis and thousands of patients have been undergoing treatment.
Maharashtra Anxious But Prepared:
It will be the first cyclonic storm that will impact the financial capital of the country.
A storm surge as high as two meters above the astronomical tide will reach the low lying coastal areas of Mumbai, Raigad, and Thane districts during the landfall.
Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office informed that fishermen have been asked to come back from the sea and district collectors are asked to ensure that there is no loss of life in the respective regions.
It was also informed that the hospitals that have not been treating Coronavirus patients will be available for those needing medical assistance during the storm.
Gujarat On A High Alert Too:
Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani held a high-level meeting on June 1 to review the measures that will be taken to handle the cyclone.
He informed his team that the formation will cause wind speeds of 90-100 km/hr with heavy rain across Navsari, Surat, Daman, Dang, Valsad, and Bharuch in South Gujarat and Bhavnagar and Amreli in Coastal Saurashtra region.
As per the CM of Gujarat, the government has already deployed 10 NDRF and 5 SDRF to handle the cyclone crisis. As the districts have been put on high alert, the hospitals treating COVID-19 patients have been asked to ensure that there are adequate alternative electricity supply arrangements.
A 24- hour control room to monitor the cyclone situation has already been set up in Gandhinagar.
Worst Locust Attack In 27 Years; India Steps Up Control Operations
21 districts in Rajasthan, 18 in Madhya Pradesh, 1 in Punjab and 2 in Gujarat have undertaken locust control till now.
NEW DELHI: Amidst a wave of locust swarms sweeping across western and northwestern India, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) has stepped up locust control operations in the affected states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
As of Wednesday, there are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur Districts in Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas, Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh.
At present, 200 Locust Circle Offices (LCO) are conducting survey & control operations in close coordination with District Administration and agriculture field machinery of the affected States. Locust control operations are in full swing in coordination with State Agriculture Departments and Local Administration.
21 districts in Rajasthan, 18 districts in Madhya Pradesh, 1 district in Punjab and 2 districts in Gujarat have undertaken locust control till now.
For effective control of locusts beyond Scheduled Desert Areas, temporary control camps have been established in Ajmer, Chittorgarh and Dausa in Rajasthan; Mandsaur, Ujjain and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh and Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.
Till May 26, control operations against Locusts have been done in 47,308-hectare area in total 303 places in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh by LCOs in coordination with District Administration and State Agriculture Department.
89 fire brigades for pesticide spray; 120 survey vehicles; 47 control vehicles with spray equipment and 810 tractors mounted sprayers have been deployed for effective locust control, as per requirement during different days.
Usually, the locust swarms enter the Scheduled Desert Area of India through Pakistan for summer breeding in the month of June/July with the advent of monsoon.
This year, however, the incursions of locust hoppers and pink swarms have been reported much earlier because of the presence of a residual population of Locusts in Pakistan which they couldn’t control last season.
Since April 11, 2020, locust hoppers and from April 30, 2020, the incursion of pink immature adults have been reported in bordering districts of Rajasthan and Punjab, which are being controlled.
Pink immature adults fly high and cover long distances during day hours from one place to another along with the westerly winds coming from the Pakistan side. Most of these pink immature adults settle on the trees during night and mostly fly during the day.
Concerned over the early attack of locust swarms this year, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar chaired a meeting with the pesticide manufacturers and all related stakeholders on May 6, 2020, to review the preparedness for locust control in the affected States.
Following directions of the Agriculture Minister Shri Tomar, a video conference was conducted under the chairmanship of Secretary (DAC&FW) Shri Sanjay Agarwal was conducted on May 22, 2020, with the District Administration and District Agriculture Officers of locust-threatened districts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh along with the representatives of NDMA.
Locust awareness literature, SOPs, approved pesticides and awareness videos were shared with the States in the meeting. Earlier, a video conference was held on May 5, 2020, with the Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and DMs of the locust prone districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab under the chairmanship of Secretary, DAC&FW to review the preparedness and further coordination with the locust States for taking necessary action.
On March 11, 2020 a High- Level virtual meeting on Desert Locust in South-West Asian countries was held at the office of the FAO representative in India. Representatives of four member countries (Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan) and the Plant Protection Division of FAO, Rome also participated in the meeting.
The MoS (Agriculture & FW) Shri Kailash Choudhury and Secretary DAC&FW attended the meeting. It was decided to hold the virtual meetings of technical officers of member countries every Monday via Skype and nine meetings have so far been held.
Advisories have been issued to the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab regarding the locust attack and necessary measures to be taken for effective control and pesticides that are to be used for effective Locust control in the cropped area.
Currently, Locust Control Offices have 21 Micronair and 26 Ulvamast (47 spray equipments) which are being utilized for locust control.
On approval of the Agriculture Minister Shri Tomar, supply order for additional 60 sprayers has been placed to M/s. Micron, United Kingdom. e-Tender has been invited for the empanelling agencies to provide services of drones for aerial spraying of insecticides for effective control over tall trees and inaccessible areas.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved “Conditional exemption to Government entity (DPPQS) for use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for anti-locust operations” on May 21, 2020, and in accordance with this order, two firms have been finalized through tender for use of the drones for the spray of pesticides for Locust control.
Meanwhile, supply order for procurement of an additional 55 vehicles has been placed to strengthen the control potential. Adequate stock of Pesticide is being maintained (53,000 litres Malathion) with Locust Control Organizations.
Under ‘Submission on Agriculture Mechanization’, assistance for 800 tractors mounted spray equipments has been sanctioned for Rajasthan costing Rs. 2.86 crores.
Also, under RKVY sanction for the hiring of vehicles, tractors and for purchase of pesticides has been issued for Rajasthan worth Rs. 14 crores.
Under RKVY sanction for purchase of vehicles, spray equipments, safety uniform, android application and training has also been issued for Gujarat at a cost of Rs. 1.80 crores.
As per FAO’s Locust Status Update of May 21, 2020, the current situation remains extremely alarming in East Africa where it is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods.
New swarms will migrate to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border as well as to Sudan and West Africa.
As vegetation dries out, more groups and swarms will form and move from these areas to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border.
Good rains are predicted during the first half of June along the Indo-Pakistan border that would allow egg-laying to occur.
During 2019-20, India witnessed a massive locust attack which was successfully controlled. Starting from May 21, 2019 till 17th February 2020, a total of 4,03,488 ha area was treated and locust was controlled.
Along with this, the State Agriculture Department of Rajasthan and Gujarat coordinated Locust control in cropped areas of the State. During 2019-20, Control operations were done in 3,93,933 ha area of 11 districts of Rajasthan; 9,505 ha area in 2 districts of Gujarat and 50 ha area in 1 district of Punjab.
Senior Locust Forecasting Officer of FAO who visited India on 16-17 January 2019 also appreciated the efforts of India in Locust control.
Everyday Locust Control Organizations and District Authorities and State Agriculture Department officials with control spray vehicles of LCOs, tractor mounted with sprayers and fire tenders, are undertaking Locust control operations in early morning hours.
The immature locust is very active and their mobility makes it difficult to control the swarm at one location and it takes 4 to 5 days of control at different locations to control a particular locust swarm.
Locust is an omnivorous and migratory pest and has the ability to fly hundreds of kilometers collectively. It is a trans-border pest and attacks the crop in a large swarm.
Found in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, they inhabit some 60 countries and can cover one-fifth of Earth’s land surface.
Desert locust plagues may threaten the economic livelihood of one-tenth of the world’s human population. Swarms of locusts in the desert come to India from Africa/ Gulf/ South West Asia during the summer monsoon season and go back towards Iran, Gulf & African countries for spring breeding.
In India, more than 2 lakh square kilometers area comes under Scheduled Desert Area. Locust Warning Organization and 10 Locust Circle Offices (LCO) of Government of India are situated in Rajasthan (Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Phalodi, Barmer, Jalore, Churu, Nagaur, Suratgarh) and Gujarat (Palanpur and Bhuj) are responsible for monitoring, survey and control of Desert Locust in Scheduled Desert Area in coordination with State Governments.
Current Heat Wave Likely To Continue For 2 More Days In Northwest, Central India
Conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon.
NEW DELHI: Due to prevailing dry northwesterly winds over plains of northwest India, Central India & adjoining interior parts of eastern India, present heatwave conditions very likely to continue to prevail mainly during next 2 days.
Meteorological sub-division wise, isolated severe heatwave conditions with a heatwave at many places very likely over Vidarbha during 26th-27th and with heatwave over some parts over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and East Madhya Pradesh on May 26.
Heatwave conditions likely at a few places over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and at isolated places over Punjab and East Uttar Pradesh on 27th May.
Isolated heatwave conditions also likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Marathawada and Madhya Maharashtra during next 2-3 days.
Under the influence of a Western Disturbance and formation of an east-west trough in lower levels and likely occurrence of rain/thunderstorm from May 28-29, maximum temperatures over plains of north India likely to recede from 28th onwards with a substantial reduction of Heatwave conditions from May 29.
Under favourable wind conditions over parts of central and adjoining eastern parts of India, heatwave conditions also likely to reduce from these areas from 29th May.
Due to strong southerly wind from the Bay of Bengal to northeast India at lower tropospheric levels; Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls likely at isolated places over parts of Assam & Meghalaya during next 5 days and over Arunachal Pradesh on May 26.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram &Tripura during next 5 days and over adjoining parts of east India during next 48 hours.
Heavy rainfall at isolated places over parts of south peninsular India during May 26-30, 2020.
The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through Lat.5°N/Long.85°E, Lat.8°N/Long.90°E, Car Nicobar, Lat.11°N/Long.95°E.
Conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, Andaman
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