24 high-tide days to put BMC’s mon­soon pre­pared­ness to test

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The BMC has al­ready started work on un­clog­ging drains to avoid flood­ing dur­ing the rains and its mon­soon pre­pared­ness will be put to test on 24 days from June to Septem­ber, when the city is ex­pected to wit­ness high tides that will rise to 4.5 me­tres and above. Tides that rise above 4.5 me­tres are con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous as they re­sult in heavy in­un­da­tion in low-ly­ing ar­eas and if Mum­bai wit­nesses heavy rain on th­ese days, the city could get flooded.

Ac­cord­ing to data ac­cessed by HT, the high­est tide (4.91 me­tres) will hit the city shores on June 6 at 1.23pm. On June 5 and 7, there will be tides of 4.87 me­tres and 4.85 me­tres, re­spec­tively. There will be most high tides dur­ing July and Au­gust, ei­ther at the be­gin­ning of the months of to­wards the end.

Of­fi­cials from the disas­ter man- age­ment unit of BMC said they take spe­cial pre­cau­tions on high­t­ide days by de­ploy­ing flood res­cue teams, fire brigade per­son­nel, of­fi­cials from the Na­tional Disas­ter Re­sponse Force, life­guards and po­lice of­fi­cials at the six beaches — Juhu, Versova, Gir­gaum, Aksa, Go­rai and Dadar — in the city.

“We de­ploy the teams three hours be­fore the high tide and they are po­si­tioned there till three hours af­ter the tide. We will also be alert­ing cit­i­zens to keep them away from the shores,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the disas­ter man­age­ment unit.

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