NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM WESTERN REGION AT 1735 HRS

Mumbai, Jun 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1735 HRS.

BOM19 MH-4TH LD CYCLONE Mumbai on edge as first cyclone in 72 years makes landfall; trains rescheduled, thousands evacuated (Eds: Recasts intro, Updates with cyclone making landfall, CORRECTS year of last cyclone to 1948; adds quote from senior citizen recalling 1948 cyclone, changes headline; Supersedes BOM11 MH-2ND LD-CYCLONE) Mumbai: Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Wednesday braced for Cyclone Nisarga as it slammed the coast with wind speeds of up to 120 kmph after tens of thousands of people in its path were evacuated, trains rescheduled, flights cancelled, fishermen ordered out of the seas and rescue workers put on standby.

BOM21 MH-CYCLONE-LD EVACUATION Cyclone: Over 40,000 living near sea coast in Mumbai evacuated (Eds: Adding details) Mumbai: Over 40,000 people living near the sea coast in Mumbai were shifted to safer places in view of the cyclone 'Nisarga' which made a landfall at Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, officials said.

BOM 25 GJ-COMPANY FIRE Guj: 40 workers hurt as boiler blast causes fire in factory Bharuch: At least 40 workers of a chemical factory were injured on Wednesday in a huge fire caused by a blast in the boiler at Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat, district collector said.

BOM28 AVI-MUMBAI AIRPORT OPS-CYCLONE Mumbai airport suspends operations till 7 pm as Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall Mumbai: Flight operations at the Mumbai airport will remain shut till 7 pm on Wednesday as a preventive step due to the ongoing landfall of Cyclone Nisarga, Mumbai International Ltd (MIAL) said.

BOM 27 GJ-CYCLONE-IMPACT No major impact in Guj after 'Nisarga' makes landfall in Maha Ahmedabad: No untoward incident has been reported in southern coast of Gujarat so far on Wednesday due to the severe cyclonic storm 'Nisarga', which has made landfall in neighbouring Maharashtra, a senior official said.

BOM8 MH-HC-CYCLONE-SHIP HC allows ship anchored at Mumbai port to move to safer waters Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has permitted cruise ship M V Karnika, currently anchored at the Mumbai port after being placed under arrest, to move to safer waters outside the city in view of the cyclone Nisarga which is set to hit the Maharashtra coast on Wednesday afternoon.

BES1 MH-LOCKDOWN-MONKEYS-FOOD Maha: Security guards feed starving monkeys at Daulatabad Fort Aurangabad: Amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, some security guards of the Daulatabad Fort here in Maharashtra have taken the initiative of providing food to nearly 150 monkeys starving in the fort premises.

BES6 MH-CYCLONE-SHIP-RESCUE Cyclone Nisarga: 10 sailors rescued off Ratnagiri coast Mumbai: At least 10 sailors were rescued from a ship, which was stranded off the coast of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra due to high tide and heavy rains in the wake of cyclonic storm Nisarga on Wednesday, an official said. PTI NSK NSK