Thane to see 178 high tide days this mon­soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: With the pre­dic­tion of more than av­er­age rain­fall this year, the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has is­sued high tide alerts to res­i­dents. The alerts in­di­cate that July, when the mon­soon is at its peak, has the max­i­mum num­ber of high tides. There will be three high tides on Septem­ber 4 alone.

The tide in­for­ma­tion has been sub­mit­ted by the Mar­itime Board and the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has asked res­i­dents not to ven­ture out of their homes un­nec­es­sar­ily if it rains heav­ily on high tide days.

A civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “There are 178 high tides in 106 days dur­ing the four months of mon­soon. The tides are at their peak on Septem­ber 4, when the city will see three tides al­most as high as 5 me­tres. Usu­ally, there are two high tides in a day.”

How­ever, on this day the mar­itime board has alerted three tides in a day.

“If there is heavy rain­fall on this day, it will be wise if peo­ple do not ven­ture out of their homes,” he added.

June has 45 high tides. July has the high­est 46 and 43 in

Au­gust and Septem­ber both.

Last year, the rain­fall was much less than the av­er­age rain­fall of the district and thus the tides had not af­fected res­i­dents. This year, how­ever, the district has an­nounced 27 per cent more than the av­er­age rain­fall and thus the alert was is­sued by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

The high tide will also be higher than 5 me­tres for 17 times in these four months, said the of­fi­cial.

The de­part­ment has geared up to face dis­as­ter this mon­soon.

The dis­as­ter man­age­ment

de­part­ment has 14 boats owned by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion and 57 boats owned by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als. They in­clude ma­chine boats, pedal boats and non-mech­a­nised boats.

Hariyali lake, Jail Lake, Re­wale Lake, Kol­bad, Ambe Ghos­ale, Kausa and Khid­kali have one TMC boat each while the re­main­ing seven are with the dis­as­ter man­age­ment and fire brigade de­part­ment.

There are 178 high tides in 106 days dur­ing the four months of mon­soon. The tides are at their peak on Septem­ber 4, when the city will see three tides. Usu­ally, there are two high tides in a day. TMC OF­FI­CIAL

PRAFUL GANGURDE

Hut­ments along Thane creek are vul­ner­a­ble to flood­ing, es­pe­cially dur­ing high tides.

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