Cyclone Nisarga: Restoration work begins in Maharashtra's Raigad district


The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local authorities in Maharashtra's Raigad district have started restoration work in the region that bore the brunt of cyclonic storm 'Nisarga', an official said on Thursday.


The cyclone made landfall near Shrivardhan in the district on Wednesday afternoon and lashed the coastal areas of Alibaug, Revdanda, Revas, Murud, Mhasala and Roha with strong winds and haeavy rains.

Among 20 teams of NDRF deployed in state, seven were already stationed in Raigad district to tackle emergencies and more personnel reached the district on Thursday morning.

According to the official report, several kutcha houses, temporary shades were destroyed, trees and electrical poles were uprooted and roofs of some structures were blown away by the storm.

Once the storm abated, personnel from the NDRF and district administration assessed the damages and began restoration activities.

As per the report, NDRF teams helped people repair their homes in Alibaug, Revdanda and other tehsils, which were severely hit.

Apart from Raigad, the teams also carried out restoration activities along the coastline of Mumbai and in Thane.

Police and civic officials said three people died--two in Pune and one in Raigad district--in cyclone-related incidents as the storm slammed the coastal districts of Maharashtra from Arabian sea with wind speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour(kmph).

“Nisarga had weakened into a 'cyclonic storm' in the evening and by night further weakened into a deep depression and now lay over north-central Maharashtra”, said the latest bulletin by the India Meteorological Department(IMD). 

As per the report, the wind speed has reduced considerably to 25 kmph.


With inputs from Agency

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