Cyclone Nisarga began the landfall process around noon on Wednesday near the coastal town of Alibag, around 100 kilometres south of Mumbai, and it will continue for three hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
The right side of the cyclone’s wall cloud passed through coastal Maharashtra, mainly covering the Raigad district.
Movement of vehicles on Mumbai’s iconic Bandra-Worli sea link has been suspended, police said.
“In light of Cyclone Nisarga, no vehicular movement is permitted on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link,” tweeted Mumbai Police.
Mumbai Police are taking every precautions to avert any untoward damage due to the cyclone, it said.
The Maharashtra government has said that it has evacuated around 60,000 people from the state’s coastal region of Konkan, and brought 7,003 fishing boats back to the shore with the help of disaster management authorities.
The chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that nearly 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the two states.
An alert has already been sounded in Mumbai in view of the cyclone ‘Nisarga’, which made landfall near Alibaug around 12:30 pm.
IMD had said that the storm surge of about 1-2 meters height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts.
“We have issued a red alert for Mumbai as extremely heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nasik, Nandurbar and Dhule on June 3,” IMD had said.
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