People of a slum relocate as a precautionary measure against cyclone in Mumbai on Wednesday. AP
Two people were reported dead on Wednesday as coronavirus-hit Mumbai appeared to escape the worst of Cyclone Nisarga, the first severe storm to threaten India's financial capital in more than 70 years.
The cyclone ripped roofs off buildings in nearby coastal towns, but Mumbai remained largely unscathed.
The city and its surrounds are usually sheltered from cyclones − the last deadly storm to hit the city was in 1948 − but authorities evacuated at least 100,000 people, including coronavirus patients, from flood-prone areas in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Both of the reported deaths occurred in Maharashtra: one man died after an electric pole fell on him and a woman was killed after a wall collapsed, local media said.
The storm made landfall near the coastal town of Alibag, around 100 kilometres south of Mumbai, on Wednesday afternoon, meteorologists said.
The cyclone brought heavy rainfall − with winds of 100-110 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph.
Mumbai experienced downpours throughout the afternoon, with strong winds toppling trees in some cases. City authorities said there were no reports of injuries or deaths, though the rains caused compound walls to collapse in some neighbourhoods.
More than 70 patients were evacuated from the Sunrise Hospital to other hospitals in the city, local civic officials said, adding that the cause of the fire was being investigated.
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