India’s Mumbai braces for rare cyclone
NEW DELHI — A cyclone in the Arabian Sea was barreling toward India’s business capital, Mumbai, on Tuesday.
Cyclone Nisarga was forecast to make landfall Wednesday on the country’s west coast near Mumbai, a coastal city home to 18.4 million people.
Mumbai hasn’t been hit by a cyclone in more than a century, raising concern about its readiness.
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Force personnel have been sent to Maharashtra state, home to Mumbai, and nearby Gujarat state, and officials were urging people in atrisk areas to evacuate.
Maharashtra’s top official, Uddhav Balasheb Thackeray, said on Twitter that residents in Mumbai’s expansive slums had been ordered to evacuate, though it was not immediately clear if shelters had been set up.
India’s meteorological department said the storm could intensify throughout the day Tuesday into a severe cyclone, which is defined as a cyclone with wind speeds of 74 to 102 mph and is the fourth most powerful category on the local scale.
Three mudslides triggered by overnight rains buried homes in northeastern India’s Assam state, killing 20 people — seven from a single family — and injuring at least seven others, authorities said Tuesday.