Cyclone 'Nisarga' turns into depression over Vidarbha

Mumbai: Cyclone 'Nisarga' which spared Mumbai after it made landfall near adjoining Alibaug is now a depression over west Vidarbha region in Maharashtra and will weaken further, the India Meteorological Department(IMD) said on Thursday.

Cyclone 'Nisarga' made landfall near Alibaug, about 110 km from Mumbai on Wednesday, sparing India's financial centre which is already reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cyclone had the coastal districts of Maharashtra from Arabian Sea with wind speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour (kmph) on Wednesday afternoon.

Mumbai was on edge as it braced for the cyclone after a gap of 72 years.

The neighbouring coastal districts of Raigad and Palghar bore the brunt of the storm experiencing strong winds, heavy rainfall and raging sea surge. Tidal waves measuring up to 6-8 feet lashed parts of the coastal areas. Desk: Asianet Online