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Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai braces for impact

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    India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cyclone. Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai braces for impact
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India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cyclone.
Cyclone Nisarga is set to make landfall at India's west coast in Maharashtra as a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday. The storm, brewing over the Arabian Sea, is heading towards the mainland at a speed of 11 kilometre per hour and is likely to make landfall near Alibaug in Maharashtra in the afternoon.

India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cyclone.

At least 100,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, were being moved to safer locations according to officials Tuesday, as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years, AFP reports.

Authorities in India’s financial capital, which is struggling to contain the pandemic, evacuated nearly 150 Covid-19 patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure, officials said.

The chief minister of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, said people living in flimsy homes near the shore were being moved to safer places before Cyclone Nisarga makes its scheduled landfall on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

“Slum-dwellers... in low-lying areas have been instructed to evacuate,” Uddhav Thackeray said in a message posted by his office on Twitter.

In Maharashtra’s Palghar district, more than 21,000 villagers were being evacuated, local media reported, citing officials.

Indian meteorologists have warned of heavy rainfall - with winds of 100-110 kilometres (60-70 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph - causing damage to thatched huts, power lines and one to two metre-high (three to 6.5 feet) storm surges inundating low-lying areas of Maharashtra.