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Cyclone Nisarga forces 100,000 to evacuate on India's west coast

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020, 2:36 pm - At least one person has been killed by the storm.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated in western India, in coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat as Cyclone Nisarga battered the coast bringing winds up to 125 kilometres per hour.

Local media is reporting widespread destruction, including uprooted trees and damaged cars.

At least one person has been killed, according to CNN. The victim, a 58-year-old man, died when an electrical transformer fell on him in Maharashtra state.

Reuters - cyclone evacuation People who were evacuated from a slum are seen at a school that was used as a makeshift shelter after cyclone Nisarga made its landfall on the outskirts of the city, in Mumbai, India, June, 3, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Officials are worried the storm could overwhelm the healthcare system which is already stressed due to COVID-19. Mumbai, which is in Maharashtra, and its surrounding cities have reported 55,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,700 deaths so far.

Cyclones in the area are relatively rare. The last time Mumbai, which is now home to 18 million people, was hit by a major storm was in 1948.

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