Cyclone Tauktae inflicted havoc across Mumbai on Monday. The winds were frightening and the local BMC had advised the people to stay indoors. The pounding winds did not even spare the Wankhede Stadium on Monday where a 16-feet long sightscreen fell down as it could not withstand the force of the winds.

A source in the Mumbai Cricket Association told the media houses that it was not the first occasion that such a thing had happened. The source said that an analogous incident had happened during the 2011 World Cup as well. “The sightscreen towards the famous North Stand at Wankhede Stadium fell, as a result of the gusts of wind today. It had last fallen during the 2011 World Cup too. It’s not a big deal, we will use ropes and all to erect it again,” a source in MCA told TOI.

Cyclone Tauktae, which passed Mumbai shortly after noon on Monday, was allegedly the worst cyclone to have adjoined the city in at least four decades. Eight people were injured in 26 incidents of wall collapses in three separate incidents, while 17 incidents of short circuit and at least 479 tree falls – 158 in south Mumbai alone — were reported in the city.

Well, it is very important for people to stay indoors to safeguard their life and health. With rising Covid cases and natural calamities, it is significant to say that humankind is facing the worst situation currently.

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Joydev Mishra


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