Mumbai faces a landfall due to the Strong Cyclone
India’s Mumbai megacity is in a tropical cyclone crosshair for the first time in a good deal of a century, as a storm called Nisarga came on the coast on Wednesday in a world already heavily hit by a pandemic called COVID-19.
According to the Indian meteorological department, the strong Cyclonic storm Nisarga spun wind gusts up to 75 mph as it landed to the south of Mumbai with heavy rainfall.
Around 100,000 people have been evacuated from the lower areas in Maharashtra, the western Indian state of Mumbai, and neighbouring Gujarat. Both countries represent around 40 per cent of the over 207,000 reported cases of coronavirus in the world. Indeed, according to the India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 5,800 COVID-19 confirmed deaths have been recorded since the pandemic started.
According to Reuters, Mumbai authorities shut down offices, banned all meetings, and ordered people to stay home.
Shantaram Terekar, who lives in the City’s one-room hut, reported to the news agency, “We saw rain, but we never saw a cyclone,” “It’s going to be harmful to us we don’t know.”
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container port, has said it shut down for 24 hours and most aircraft are cancelled at Reuters’ city airport where the pandemic has already curtailed operations.
The storm comes as the city is expected to reach Mumbai in the middle of the month with the annual south-west monsoon that has reached Kerala. The floods in the area, flooding of roads and disruptive train service typically flood the city.
What is landfall of a cyclone?
Landfall is not a direct hit. The core of the high winds (or walls), but the middle of this storm could stay off-shore, not a direct hit. The effects are very similar to an earthquake because that term is used when the maximum wind radius moves to the coast in a tropical cyclone.
A tropical cyclone is classified as landing when the heart of the storm moves across the coast when the eyes move overland in strong tropical cyclones.
Only two weeks ago Cyclone Amphan rocked eastern India and landed in the immediate vicinity of another megalopolis, Kolkata.
As it came to shore, Amphan brought heavy rain and flooding and more than 100 mi / h wind gusts. Neighbouring Bangladesh was also devastated and destroyed.
Although the tropics — the equivalent of what is known as western hurricanes — are not unusual in the Northern Indian Ocean, the western-centralized area of Mumbai is usually absent.