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Cyclone Nisarga reaches Mumbai

A Draft Colaba Correspondent

Cyclone Nisarga that has intensified into a "severe cyclonic storm" has made landfall on the coast of Maharashtra in Alibaug, Raigad. With rainfall continuing along the coast, Mumbai's Colaba reported 72 kmph wind speed at 12.30 pm (IST) on 3 June 2020, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The cyclone has brought strong winds and high tides that have already hit the coastal regions of Maharashtra in Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. In Alibaug, the landfall has brought in winds with speed of 120-140 kmph. According to the IMD, the landfall process will be completed during the next three hours.

Severe Cyclonic Storm "NISARGA" Visible Imagery from INSAT-3D (12:30-1257 IST of 03.06.2020)
According to the NDRF Director General S N Pradhan, 21 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are deployed in the state. Mumbai, its suburbs and neighbouring districts are on high alert.

In Mumbai, over 10,000 people including COVID-19 patients have been moved to safer locations. Mumbai, its suburbs and neighbouring districts are on high alert.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the city by the Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai from 00:00 hours 3 June 2020 till 12:00 hours 4 June 2020 in the wake of the cyclone. The order has been imposed to prevent movement of people, especially along the coast in public places such as beaches, parks, promenades, sidewalks, along the coastline. Also, no vehicular movement is permitted on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in view of Cyclone Nisarga.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office has released a list of "DO’s & DONT’s for the public to stay safe (image below):

This news story was last updated on 3 June 2020 at 2.47 PM