Mumbai is in the crosshairs of a tropical cyclone for the first time in well over a century. Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga was spinning wind gusts up to 75 mph as it made landfall south of Mumbai.
"We have seen rains, but we have never seen a cyclone in the city," residents declared. About 100,000 people have been evacuated from areas in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, and neighboring Gujarat. he two states account for about 40% of the country's more than 207,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. Special emergency measures were taken. India's largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, said it had shut for 24 hours, and most flights were cancelled at the city's airport. oday on 3 Jun heavy rainfall warnings for Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar are already issued. The last time Mumbai was hit by a tropical cyclone was in 1891.
The path of the storm is unpredictable at the moment. High winds whipped skyscrapers and ripped apart shanty houses near the beach. Homes in city slums were boarded up and abandoned, and municipal officials patrolled the streets, using bullhorns to order people to stay inside. “If hospitals and clinics are damaged by the cyclone, the city won’t be able to cope with the large number of COVID-19 cases, and social distancing measures will become virtually impossible to follow,” Bidisha Pillai, chief executive of Save the Children in India, said in a statement.