Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport discontinued its operations from 2.30pm till 7.00pm after the Fedex aircraft shot off the runway because of strong winds and heavy rainfall as the devastating cyclone ‘Nisarga’ made its landfall. "Fedex MD11 aircraft (N583FE) was involved in a runway excursion on runway 14 at Mumbai on Wednesday. The aircraft has gone out of runway end by 9 meters. There is no reported damage to aircraft infrastructure and aircraft," a senior official stated to a national daily.
As the cyclone made its landfall and began its process of destruction, Mumbai police officials restricted the movement of vehicles on the Bandra- Worli sea link too. On the other hand, the Director General of NDRF instructed people to remain at their homes and avoid stepping out for at least six to seven hours as the process of landfall is expected to continue for the next three hours and then slowly losing its intensity. The landfall has already started in the afternoon wreaking havoc in the financial capital.
Commenting on the anticipated aftermath, Indian Meteorological Department expects major damages to houses with thatched roofs, it may even blow off. Electricity and mobile networks are likely to be vandalised by the storm, severe flooding may occur, trees are likely to get uprooted with major destruction in the farms in the coastal region.
According to IMD, the eye of the cyclone has dropped past one hour which shows signs of the system intensifying. “The wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100kmph gusting to 110 kmph” the department stated. The system is currently under a tracking process by the Doppler Weather Radars in Goa and Mumbai.
However, the IMD expects mild rainfall in some metropolitan areas and heavy rains in some isolated areas in the next 24 hours.