The BMC has appealed to citizens to not step out of their houses unnecessarily. It has also asked citizens to keep their mobile phones and power banks charged to ensure connectivity, and to keep candles handy. The city has been receiving light rains in several places since early morning.
Mumbai, India’s financial capital, shifted patients to safety from hospitals that may be vulnerable as it prepared for a cyclone that is likely to disrupt business in a city that’s already facing the brunt of a virus outbreak.
Winds with speeds as high as 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour will batter the city that’s home to country’s central bank and the benchmark stock exchange, according to the India Meteorological Department. The second cyclone in the country in a fortnight, called Nisarga, is the biggest storm to make landfall near Mumbai in more than a decade.
Airport operator MIAL on Tuesday said it has taken various measures to safeguard passengers and the aircraft at the aerodrome in the wake of cyclone Nisarga, which is expected to make landfall close to the city on Wednesday.
Aviation regulator DGCA has issued a circular to airlines and pilots reiterating its guidelines on adverse weather operations.