Rain soaks Mumbai, inundate low-lying areas as cyclone Nisarga makes landfall
Mumbai, Jun 3 : Continuous rains battered Mumbai and its neighboring suburbs, which remain on alert, as cyclone Nisarga made landfall on the Maharashtra coast on Wednesday.
Landfall process has started & it will be completed during next three hours.
Following downpour accompanied with windy weather, several low-lying areas were inundated in the city and suburbs, said reports.
In Maharashtra, ten NDRF teams have been stationed at various places while the armed forces as well as emergency services are prepped up to respond to the unforeseen.
As a precautionary measure, the domestic flight operations have been curtailed as a precaution. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport(CSMIA) has announced that it will operate only 19 flights, including 11 departures, instead of the regular 50 passenger fleet.
The flights shall be operated by Air India, AirAsia, IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet subject to possible last-minute changes in schedules, CSMIA added.
While prohibitory orders are clamped in the city, Mumbai Police and other security forces are out in full swing to ensure that people don’t step out to the sea fronts, promenades or beaches and other open spaces.
Meanwhile, an estimated 2,000 people living in ‘non-pucca’ houses have been shifted to safer locations while roughly 2,000-plus slum dwellers in low-lying areas have been asked to evacuate.