Mumbai: Cyclone Nisarga is making landfall in the south of Alibaug and now entered the country’s financial hub Mumbai and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the landfall process started and it will be completed during the next three hours. The northeast sector of the eye of the severe cyclonic storm Nisarga is entering into the land.
This is the first such storm to impact coronavirus-hit Mumbai, which has reported around 41,500 COVID-19 cases so far, in over 100 years. No one is allowed to come out in public places like beaches, parks and promenades along the Mumbai coastline, the police said in a late-night order. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have been put on high alert as some parts of these two states and the union territories fall on the path of the cyclone that developed over a low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea.
About 43 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are deployed in the two states; of which 21 are in Maharashtra and 16 are in Gujarat. Nearly 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the cyclone spot
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to the people of the state to “stay indoors”. “The cyclone could be more severe than the ones the state has faced till now,” Mr Thackeray said. Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has put out a list of dos and don’ts for citizens, urging them to stay away from windows, check for gas leaks and keep mobile phones charged. “Dial 1916 and Press 4 for any cyclone-related questions. Ignore rumours, stay calm, don’t panic,” the BMC said. The Banda-Worli sea link in the city has been closed for traffic and rescue teams are on standby near coasts.
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