Bracing for the first-ever cyclone to hit Mumbai in living memory, people in India’s most populous metropolis stayed off the streets and scrambled to protect their homes before the torrential rains and gale-force winds struck.
Authorities were working until late in the night on Tuesday to move thousands of people away from the coast, amid fears that a city already ravaged by COVID-19 infections could see its healthcare system further overwhelmed.
“We have seen rains, but we have never seen a cyclone in the city. We don’t know what damage it will do,” Shantaram Terekar, who lives in a one-room hutment in the city told Reuters.
Terekar said he had switched off electricity and put some tarpaulin to secure his thin metal roof.
India’s largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), on the outskirts of Mumbai, said it had shut for 24 hours, and only 19 flights were due to operate from Mumbai’s airport.
The cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea was “very…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper