Roofless houses, collapsed walls: Long road to recovery for cyclone-hit people in Maharashtra's Raigad
As the cyclone-affected people pick up the pieces, they see a long road to recovery and return to normalcy in life which was thrown into disarray all of a sudden one afternoon.
Importantly, the state government has so far procured record more than 1.25 crore metric tonnes of wheat from farmers since April 15. The process of procurement is slated to end on Friday.
The cyclone impacted Pune as it moved towards the northern part of the state on Wednesday, battering parts of Khed, Maval Mulshi, Junnar and Ambegaon tehsils.
The severe cyclonic storm had hit the Maharashtra coast near Alibaug in Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon.
Mumbai continued to receive rainfall on Thursday, a day after the cyclone made landfall near Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district.
Cyclone Nisarga made landfall near Alibaug, about 110 km from here on Wednesday, sparing India's financial centre which is already reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both people and administration were relived as Cyclone Nisarga, which landed in Mumbai on Wednesday, spared the Covid-battered metropolis of any major damage.
The cyclone hit areas near Dive Agar in Shrivardhan, 87 kms away from Raigad, district collector Nidhi Choudhary said.
Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts have been affected by the severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall in Raigad district.
Three shanties were damaged in the incident that occurred around 11:30 am in Dawari Nagar locality in Santacruz (East).
Authorities have so far shifted more than 63,700 people living close to the coast in eight districts to safer places as a precautionary measure
As per the IMD, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar will be hit with winds of up to 100 kmph to 110 kmph with heavy to very heavy rainfall.
The landfall process started around 12.30 pm. It made landfall about 40 km from Alibaug, 95 km from Mumbai.
As a precautionary measure, the civic body has directed the contractors of the respective healthcare facilities to again review the safety and stability of the structures set up by them.
The IMD chief cautioned people to remain safe as the cyclone is likely to make structural damage such as uprooting trees, damage to thatched houses and so on. He also advised against road and rail tra