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Cyclone Nisarga skips Mumbai, makes landfall at Alibag

A 58-year-old man died after a power transformer fell on him while he was rushing home to escape the cyclone fury at Umate village in Raigad district, police said.

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Last Updated: Jun 03, 2020, 11.33 PM IST
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MUMBAI|DELHI: Cyclone Nisarga spared Mumbai very heavy damage and made landfall around 1 pm in Alibag, with wind speeds of 100-110 km per hour.

While it caused a lot of damage at Shrivardhan in Ratnagiri, and Alibag, there have been no fatalities as of now. State government officials said four people suffered injuries. However, property worth several crores was damaged.

The cyclone blew off tin and asbestos sheets from roofs and uprooted trees not just in Alibag, but in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune. Several fell on houses. Power supply as well as phone networks were disrupted in Alibag, Ratnagiri, Navi Mumbai and rural Pune.

Weather officials said the cyclone skipped Mumbai and is headed towards north Maharashtra. There were heavy rains and strong winds at Ambernath, Thane.

In Mumbai, more than 40,000 people living in low-lying areas were shifted from their homes to shelters in schools and marriage halls. State officials asked people to stay at home till Thursday morning. Mumbai also saw some property damage as about 50 trees were uprooted due to heavy rains.

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told journalists that though the cyclone had skipped Mumbai, the “danger has still not gone as the cyclone could cause heavy winds and showers and the civic administration would be on guard for a few hours more.”

Mumbai airport was closed till 7 pm due to heavy winds. In the morning, a FedEx cargo plane skidded off the runway due to windy conditions and rains. Maharashtra will be on alert till Thursday as Nisarga is expected to cause more damage in central Maharashtra as well.

An inter-ministerial central team is expected to visit Maharashtra and Gujarat to ascertain the extent of damage as Centre is soon expected to announce relief package.

Forty-three teams of National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have been deployed in areas expected to be affected along Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts.
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