Cyclone Nisarga impact: Here's how Mumbai dealt with the aftermath

Updated: Jun 05, 2020, 14:22 | Sherlin Rajan
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    On Thursday, Mumbaikars woke up to dark clouds and heavy rains as an impact of Cyclone Nisarga that led to water-logging in many parts of Mumbai. 

    In picture: Dark clouds hover over the Western Express Highway in Kandivli.

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    Instances of water-logging were reported in several low-lying areas such as King Circle, Mahim Causeway, Matunga, Ghatkopar and Khar among others.

    In picture: Vehicles ply on an inundated SV Road in Khar.

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    The Colaba weather station of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 50 mm rainfall, while the Santacruz station registered 47 mm rainfall in Mumbai.

    In pictures: Dark clouds over the Mumbai skyline. 

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    On Wednesday, IMD had predicted the likeliness of 'moderate rain/thundershowers' in the city and suburbs of Mumbai and 'heavy falls likely at isolated places over the next 24 hours.'

    In picture: Heavy rain on the Western Express Highway in Kandivli

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    The gusty winds and rains seem to have had a positive impact on Mumbai's air quality index, which improved to 17 on Thursday, the best reading for this year.

    In picture: Police officials patrol waterlogged Gandhi Market in King's Circle. 

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    As far as the location of Cyclone Nisarga is concerned, it weakened into a depression earlier on Wednesday, only to further weaken into a 'well-marked low-pressure area' and lay over central parts of Madhya Pradesh in the evening, IMD said.

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    "The depression (a remnant of the severe cyclonic storm Nisarga) over south Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Vidarbha (in Maharashtra) moved north-northeastwards, further weakened into a Well Marked Low-Pressure area and layover central parts of Madhya Pradesh at 1730 hrs IST on Wednesday," the IMD said, adding that it is likely to weaken gradually into a low-pressure area.

    In picture: A BEST bus plying near Matunga

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    The cyclone made landfall in Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon, blowing in from the Arabian sea, with an intensity of severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 100-110 kmph peaking at 120 kmph.

    In picture: A motorist rides at Mahim Causeway.

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    Damage to houses and crops was reported mainly in the coastal areas of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra before the storm weakened.

    In picture: Civic workers, fire brigade officials inspect a tree which collapsed in Thane's Naupada area.

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    According to a statement by the Maharashtra government on Thursday, six persons lost lives in incidents related to the cyclone while 16 suffered injuries in the state. Six cattle were also killed.

    In picture: Pedestrians wade through a water-logged street at Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar.

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    Trees and electricity poles were uprooted in many areas. Parts of Raigad district plunged into darkness and telephone connectivity too was hit in the area.

    In picture: A police personnel wades through a water-logged street at Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked officials to complete panchnamas or inspection reports of losses due to the cyclone in Raigad district within two days.

    In picture: Heavy rain pours on the Eastern Express Highway.

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    Uddhav Thackeray directed the authorities to provide aid of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of those killed due to the cyclone.

    In picture: A police jeep on flooded SV Road in Khar

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    According to the statement from the Chief Minister's Office, the cyclone also felled over one lakh trees in Raigad district.

    In picture: Motorists and pedestrians wait to cross the road in the Western Express Highway in Kandivli. 

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    The statement also said that Shrivardhan and Murud tehsils were worst hit with all communication being paralysed.

    In picture: Motorists ride on the wet roads of the Western Express Highway

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    The cyclone dumped 72.5 mm of rain in Maharashtra while 78,191 people were shifted to safer places, the CMO statement said on Thursday.

    In picture: A man wearing a plastic suit protects himself from the rains.

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    In picture: A man struggles to straighten his umbrella amid strong winds and heavy rain.

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    In picture: A reflection of the CSMT station on an inundated DN Road.

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    In picture: Social distancing goes for a toss! A motorist tries to ride his bike in the rain as the pillion rider tries to protect himself with an umbrella.

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    In picture: Pedestrians cross the road amid a traffic jam in Mumbai.

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A day after Cyclone Nisarga made landfall in Maharashtra and left a trail of destruction in Alibaug and Raigad, Mumbaikars woke up to moderate to heavy rains in different parts of the city on Wednesday. Pictures/ Nimesh Dave, Satej Shinde, Bipin Kokate, Suresh KK, Bipin Kokate, Atul Kamble, Shadab Khan