Nisarga that intensified into a severe cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, is making landfall along on the western coast, a high alert has issued in the finance capital of India, Mumbai and evacuation of tens of thousands of people people. In Mumbai, the home of Bollywood and largest stock exchange, high winds whipped skyscrapers and ripped apart shanty houses near the beach.
Many trees uprooted in parts of Maharashtra , Goa and Gujrat, are hit by really strong winds and heavy rain and high tides even before Cyclone Nisarga made landfall
Media reports said Nisarga is the worst cyclone to hit the region in more than 70 years, raising concerns about readiness in Mumbai and neighbouring areas.
The cyclone threatens to worsen prospects for an economic turnaround as a nine-week-long government-imposed coronavirus lockdown began to ease this week.
Largest container port of the counry Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, on the outskirts of Mumbai, was ordered to shut for 24 hours, the port said in a statement. The storm came as the Indian region grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Maharashtra and Gujarat states have reported about 44 percent of India’s more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases nationwide, and 61 percent of all virus deaths.
The metropolis of Mumbai is already struggling with the highest number of coronavirus cases with more than 41,000 infections.
Local news reports have shown an overwhelmed hospital system in Mumbai, with patients resting on hospital floors until beds become available and bodies left in wards.
Some 100,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Maharashtra and neighboring Gujarat, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
Both states, already among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, activated disaster response teams, fearing extensive flooding could further impair overwhelmed health systems.
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.