Nisarga intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm and had crossed Mumbai and thane districts towards north Maharashtra, and had made its landfall on Wednesday, June 3, afternoon in Alibagh in Raigad district, south of Mumbai with high wind speed ranging up to 100- 110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph along with heavy rainfall and storm, causing damage to the power supply network, roads, houses and trees in the region.
Four deaths have been reported so far in Maharashtra. A 58-year-old man died after an electric pole fell on him at Umte village in Alibagh, while a 10-year-old boy died after a tree fell on him, reported in Raigad. A 17-year-old boy died in wall collapse in Shrivardhan. So far 14 people have been injured in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts and also on the coast and several houses were severely damaged. No deaths were reported in Mumbai late Wednesday but the high-speed winds flew away from the skyscrapers and have ripped apart the shanties near the beach. Strong crosswinds forced Mumbai airport to suspend flights between 2:30 PM and 8:00 PM after an arriving cargo plane overran the runway. India’s largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, on Mumbai Outskirts, was forced to close for 24 hours. Pune district reported 2 deaths and injuries to several people. A 65-year-old woman died after a wall and a portion of the roof fell on her in Khed tehsil, while a 52-year-old man in Haveli tehsil died after he was critically injured while trying to hold the tin sheets of his roof as they were being blown away by the strong winds.
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About 10,000 residents were evacuated before the storm and another 100,000 were shifted from low-lying areas in Maharashtra and the neighbouring state Gujrat. The cyclone moved away from the city across Maharashtra state with a wind speed slowing to 85 kmph (52mph) on Wednesday night.
Last Few Cyclones that Had Hit the country
The city, Mumbai had the last struck storm in 1948, killing about 12 people and injuring more than 100. Nisarga comes on heels of cyclone Amphan, which killed 100 people in West Bengal and Bangladesh in May, devastating villages, destroying farms, and leaving millions of people without electricity, water, and telecommunication for weeks. The cyclone Fani which made its landfall in Odisha last year had also left people devastated; it had also killed 12 people causing severe damage to power infrastructure, thatched houses, and trees. The cyclone Bulbul, which made its landfall on the coast of India and Bangladesh, killed 20 people in India and 8 people in Bangladesh. 10 people were killed in West Bengal, trees got uprooted in Kolkata. Two people died in Odisha. The cyclone devastated the Sunderbans.