Sunday, June 4, 2023

Mocha: Nagaland braces for rainfall

Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has informed that Nagaland would not be directly affected by cyclonic storm “Mocha” pronounced as “Mokha”.
In a press release, NSDMA joint chief executive officer Johnny Ruangmei has, however, informed that there would be frequent strong winds and isolated rain showers in the next few days. NSDMA stated that Nagaland would experience heavy rains on May 13, 2023 and very heavy rains on May 14, 2023. During this period, NSDMA stated that thunderstorms with strong lightning were also to be expected. Further, NSDMA cautioned that during this period of “mocha” cyclonic storm, damages were expected to the unsecured structures, kutcha houses due to heavy rain and possibility of landslide in vulnerable areas, uprooting of trees and branches and damage to standing crops.
NSDMA has, therefore, urged the public to exercise caution to avoid any eventualities during this period. It also requested the public not to shelter under large trees and near the river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life from lightning and flash flood.
NSDMA has requested all the district disaster management authorities and other line departments to be on alert to save lives and properties during this period. The cyclonic storm mocha lay centred near latitude 11.6°N and longitude 88.1°E, about 510 km west of Port Blair, 1160 km south-southwest of Cox’z Bazaar (Bangladesh), and 1120 km south-southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar). Cyclone “Mocha” is predicted to make landfall on May 14 in the Bangladesh-Myanmar coastline region, affecting south Bengal. The forecast, though, could change during the next few days.


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