Mokokchung, 17 November (MTNews): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), under the Home Department, has released a weather update regarding Cyclone ‘Midhili’ for the upcoming days. While affirming that the state of Nagaland is not anticipated to be directly affected by this storm, it has been noted that, under its influence, most areas can expect light to moderate rainfall. Additionally, there is a possibility of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Nagaland on November 17 and 18, 2023.
In view of the above, the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) and other relevant departments have been advised to keep a close watch and monitor the situation in their areas while taking appropriate precautionary measures to address any emergencies and save lives and properties.
The NSDMA, Home Department, further urged the public to remain vigilant and avoid sheltering under large trees and near riverbanks to prevent unnecessary risks to life from lightning and flash floods.
Cyclone Midhili formed in the northwest Bay of Bengal and is currently located near Dighs (West Bengal), southeast of Khepupara (Bangladesh), and west-southwest of Chittagong (Bangladesh).
It is moving north-northeast at a speed of 26 kmph. By the evening of November 17, it is expected to cross the Bangladesh coast near Khepupara with winds of 60-70 kmph, gusting up to 80 kmph.
Currently, there are squally winds at 50-60 kmph, expected to increase to 60-70 kmph, gusting up to 80 kmph from the evening of November 17 until the morning of November 18, and then decrease.
The name Midhili was proposed by the Maldives.