MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: Cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ made landfall at Alibaug in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon with wind speeds of up to 120kmph. The cyclone uprooted trees and electricity poles but spared Mumbai of large-scale devastation. While several coastal areas of Maharashtra continue to be on alert, Gujarat heaved a sigh of relief as there was very little impact of the cyclone in the state.
Here are the key developments of the day:
Trees, poles uprooted near Alibaug
The cyclone slammed Maharashtra coast with wind speeds of up to 120 kmph, making landfall at 12.30pm at Alibaug near Mumbai. The process was completed by 2.30pm, a senior IMD official said.
Mumbaikars and people in neighbouring areas had braced for the cyclone but heaved a sigh of relief as Nisarga’s damage appeared limited to uprooting of trees and electricity poles in affected areas.
Mumbai experienced downpour throughout the afternoon with strong winds which caused compound walls to collapse in some neighbourhoods.
A 58-year-old man died after a power transformer fell on him while he was rushing home to escape the cyclone fury at Umate village in Raigad district, police said.
Two people died and three were injured in two separate cyclone-related incidents in Pune district, an official said.

Cyclone weakens, moves northeast
The cyclone became less intense by 4pm with wind speeds of 90-100 kilometres per hour and is likely to weaken further into a deep depression by late night, the IMD bulletin said.
After making landfall in Raigad, ‘Nisarga’ is now moving northeast and is likely to impact Nashik, Dhule and Nandurbar districts, which may witness heavy showers with gusty winds, an IMD official said.

‘Threat to Mumbai has lessened’
The threat posed by the cyclonic storm to Mumbai has lessened, but the next few hours will be quite crucial, Maharashtra revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said on Wednesday evening.
Thorat said authorities in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar are on alert considering the trajectory of the cyclone.
“Though the threat posed to Mumbai by the cyclone has reduced, the next few hours will be quite crucial. The cyclone can have influence over an average of 200 km from its eye,” Thorat tweeted.

Municipal workers use a bulldozer to clear uprooted trees from a road in Mumbai. (PTI)
Gujarat heaves sigh of relief
Cyclone Nisarga did not cause any major damage on the southern coast of Gujarat on Wednesday afternoon and evening following landfall in Maharashtra, officials said.
The Gujarat government had evacuated over 63,700 people from coastal areas of eight districts and 18 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and six teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were deployed for rescue operations.
Luckily, the cyclonic storm passed without any major incident and casualties, said state relief commissioner Harshad Patel.
“No untoward incident or human injury has been reported so far due to the cyclone. While the wind speed was normal in south Gujarat region, both Valsad and Navsari received just 2 mm and 7 mm rainfall since morning. The situation is under control,” he said.
Flight operations resume at Mumbai airport
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport, which were suspended at 2.30 pm, resumed at 6pm.
MIAL, the private airport operator, had earlier announced that all operations at the CSMIA will remain suspended between 2.30 pm and 7 pm as a precautionary measure in view of the cyclone Nisarga.
(With inputs from agencies)

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