Cyclone Nisarga, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in a long time, made a landfall on the Maharashtra coast this afternoon. The IMD (India Meteorological Department) said Nisarga, intensified into a "severe cyclonic storm", this morning. Mumbai, the city worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak with over 41,000 cases so far, its suburbs and neighbouring districts are on high alert.
Mumbai's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has put out a list of dos and don'ts for citizens.
- Dial 1916 and Press 4 for any cyclone-related questions
- Stay indoors, keep mobile phones and power banks charged
- Keep torches, emergency lights charged and have candles handy
- Switch off electrical mains and gas supply
- Seal important documents and jewellery in a plastic bag
- Stay away from windows. Close some windows and keep some open so the pressure is maintained.
- Stay at the centre of the room. Stay away from the corners as debris often accumulates in the corners
- Hide under strong furniture such as a stool or a heavy table or desk, hold it tight
- Use your hands to protect your head and neck
- Disconnect power supply of all non-emergency equipment and tools
- Check for air leaks. If you smell gas or hear a leaking sound, immediately open the windows and exit the building. If possible, turn off the gas valve and report to the gas company
- Check for damage to electrical equipment. If you notice sparks, exposed wires, or burning smell of rubber, disconnect the main power supply and call the electrician
- Ignore rumours, stay calm, don't panic
- Do not attempt to drive or ride any vehicle during the cyclone
- Stay away from damaged buildings
- Do not move injured people unless it is absolutely safe to do so. It may cause more harm
- Do not allow oil and other flammable substances to spill. Clean immediately