Mumbai shuts offices, tells people to stay home as cyclone nears

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Published June 3, 2020, 4:31 PM

By Agence France-Presse

Mumbai authorities ordered offices and factories to shut and people to stay home Wednesday, reversing a move to ease a coronavirus lockdown as the Indian megacity faced its first cyclone in more than 70 years.

Mumbai is bracing for its first cyclone in more than 70 years (AFP Photo/Punit PARANJPE )

Cyclone Nisarga was expected to make landfall near the coastal town of Alibag, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Mumbai, on Wednesday afternoon, forecasters said.

Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, and neighbouring Gujarat have evacuated at least 100,000 people to safer locations and ordered fishermen not to go out until the storm passes.

The evacuees include nearly 150 coronavirus patients from a

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