BOMBAY | Mumbai appeared Wednesday largely unscathed by the cyclone Nisarga, the first tropical storm of the magnitude to affect the economic capital of india for more than 70 years.
Formed in Arabian sea, the cyclone reached Wednesday afternoon the west coast of India at the level of the city of Alibag, a seaside resort popular among wealthy Indians in Bombay, and located a hundred kilometers south of the metropolis of 18 million inhabitants.
Accompanied by winds gusting to 120 km/h, the cyclone caused heavy rainfall on the State of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital. It should have considerably lost in power by the evening, according to meteorologists indians.
Bombay has received rains consistent all afternoon and the strong winds have felled trees in some places, but no major damage was reported in the immediate future.
The city of Alibag has concentrated the bulk of the damage, the cyclone has ripped off roofs and knocked over small shops mobile. A resident of Alibag which has evacuated his home in seaside, Milind Dhodre, reported to the AFP to have seen roofs of corrugated iron flying off to the arrival on earth of the cyclone.
“The intensity is very strong and is nothing like the weather events that we have seen before,” described this teacher of 45 years. The state of Maharashtra and the neighbouring State of Gujarat had preemptively evacuated at least 100 000 people from coastal areas at risk.
The state of Maharashtra ordered the closure of the offices on Wednesday and Thursday, prohibits gatherings of at least four people and called on the inhabitants to be confined, at a time when authorities began to relax the restrictions in place since the end of march to combat the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
The alarms on a potential storm surge (sudden rise of the water caused by the cyclone) of one to two metres high, were still made on Wednesday afternoon. Residents of slums are located in areas of low elevation have been adviser to take refuge in height.
The cyclones are extremely rare in Bombay, built facing the Arabian sea. The last storm of importance to have hit the city dates back to 1948 and had killed 12 people and wounded over a hundred.
This cyclone appears two weeks after the powerful cyclone Amphan, who has made a hundred deaths in eastern India and Bangladesh and caused considerable material damage.