The worst cyclone to hit the east coast of India in 129 years has made landfall. Cyclone Nisarga is battering the coastal areas of northern Maharashtra. It has crossed Alibag and the Raigad district is bearing the brunt of the storm with wind speed crossing 110 kilometres per hour (kmph).
More than 1,500 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of Raigad district. 10 sailors were also rescued from the seas in Ratnagiri according to the state government officials.
Heavy rains have been lashing parts of Mumbai which is over 100 kilometres away from Alibag where the cyclone made landfall. Operations at the airport have been suspended till 7 pm. A small aircraft overshot the runway but there is no damage to the airport or to the aircraft.
Trees and electricity poles have been uprooted in some parts of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The Bandra-Worli sea link has been shut for traffic. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to all district collectors. Here are ground reports from across Mumbai and Maharashtra starting with Raigad district.
CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan caught up with Shubhangi Bhute, scientist with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to discuss where things currently stand as far as the cyclone is concerned specifically the impact on Mumbai.
“Cyclone has already crossed Raigad district between 12.30pm and 2.30 pm. Only the clouds are moving towards Mumbai and Thane, so Mumbai will not have much impact compared to Raigad district. The wind speed in Mumbai will still be around 100-110 kmph. This will be accompanied by moderate to heavy rain with isolated extremely heavy falls at some places - this is very likely within the next two hours,” she said.