Pune: Many districts in the western part of Maharashtra were hit by heavy rains on Wednesday when Cyclone Nisarga made its impact in several districts such as Raigad, Sindhudurg including Mumbai.
On Tuesday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted that Pune may receive moderate to heavy rainfall on Wednesday. Many areas including parts of city along with Maval, Mulshi and Velhe in the Pune district received heavy rainfall. Other regions in Maharashtra, such as Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli also witnessed rainfall.
In Pune, Shivajinagar witnessed rainfall of 44 mm, with 97 mm rainfall in Lohegaon and 51 mm rainfall in Pashan in the past 24 hours till 8 am on Wednesday, according to The India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Water logging from many parts of the city has also been reported.
IMD Pune's Director, Anupam Kashypi, said most of the western part of Maharashtra will witness rain over the next 3 days.
The District Collector, Naval Kishore Ram said, “We have issued alert to hilly areas such as Ambegaon, Junnar, Maval, Bhor, Velhe and Mulshi talukas where the severity of the cyclone is likely to be felt.”
He added, “We have also prepared evacuation plans if required in these areas. People have been asked to stay at home.”
The India Meteorological Department said that the Cyclone Nisarga reached south of Alibag in Raigad district at 11.30 am with high winds between 120 to 140kph, which makes it the second strongest cyclone to strike Mumbai since 1961.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has seen Nisarga between Murud and Revdanda in the district of Raigad, just south of Alibag. When the Cyclone was in the ocean, it was about 500km in size and the wind intensity ranged from 110 kmph to 120 kmph.