Weather-related events resulted in two fatalities in Pune district (Maharashtra state) as severe cyclonic storm Nisarga weakened into a deep depression on Thursday, June 4, and moved inland in a north-northeastwards direction. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Nisarga was located 100km (62mi) northeast of Aurangabad (Maharashtra state) as of 05:30 (local time) on Thursday. Nisarga brought heavy rains and high winds to Raigad district following landfall in the vicinity of Diveagar (Maharashtra state) at approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, June 3. One person was killed and eight others were injured due to a toppling power transformer in Raigad district. High winds also felled a number of trees and damaged roofs in Raigad and Ratnagiri districts during the passage of the storm. Authorities in Mumbai reported a number of roads blocked by fallen trees and broken power lines; however, the threat to the city has lessened as Nisarga moves inland. Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) resumed operations on Wednesday evening after temporarily suspending operations due to Nisarga. Pune International Airport (PNQ) also diverted two domestic flights due to adverse conditions. A number of low-lying areas of Pune have experienced flooding and strong winds have downed a number of trees. Nisarga is forecast to continue to weaken as it moves inland.
The IMD had warned that some affected areas may witness damage to insecure infrastructure, crops, and power lines. Associated flooding, landslides, and disruptions to transport and power supply are expected in western coastal areas, particularly in Maharashtra, in the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate continuing disruptions, and never drive through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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