The states of Maharashtra and Gujarat have been put on high alert as cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon. Mumbai, in particular, is at high risk of facing maximum damages as the severe cyclone is steaming off towards the city at a tremendous speed.
Home to more than 20 million people, the preparedness of the financial capital in handling such a mammoth ‘category-4’ cyclone is making people and administration cringe. Mumbai hasn’t experienced such a massive cyclone in more than 100 years and its readiness is more of a concern.
PM Modi has already called up CM Uddhab Thackeray to take stock of the situation and offered to provide every help in dealing with Nisarga. A few days back in May, cyclone Amphan had caused extreme devastation in West Bengal and Odisha. Now, Mumbai is also staring at a deluge.
In Mumbai, at least 100,000 people have been evacuated to safer locations including Coronavirus patients. The meteorological department warned on Wednesday morning that the cyclone “is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 6 hours.”
In a city that is already reeling under the rampage of COVID-19—the worst hit in India, a cyclone at this hour can be catastrophic. The cyclone is expected to bring in torrential rains into the city which could be havoc for the slum areas.
India’s largest port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), on the outskirts of Mumbai, has been ordered to shut down for 24 hours as anticipation. Even section 144 has been imposed on the city and citizens are asked not to venture out for the next two days as a safety measure.
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