In­dia’s Mum­bai braces for rare cy­clone

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - WEATHER DESK -

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.

Na­tional Disaster Re­sponse

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.

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