Monday, March 23, 2009

Dates of High Tides in Mumbai this Monsoon - Please Note it !

This monsoon we may have sleep less nights....Whisper
Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) published the 19 days of high tide as Red letter days in the rainy season between June 22 and September 21 for this year, this means when the crest of waves at high tide is over four meters and there is heavy rain at same time, the possibility of the city flooding is very high.

Sluice gates, which funnel flood waters from the city to the Arabian Sea, are also closed on these days, increasing the possibility of flooding if there are heavy rains. Please be alert if there are heavy rains during the afternoons.

The metropolis would experience one of the highest tide of 5.05 m in the last 100 years on July 24, 2009. Additional Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Kishore Gajbhiye said this.

''Mumbai will experience probably the biggest high tide. In July 2005, when the city had experienced floods, the high tide was of 4.85 m. On July 24 this year, the high tide will be of 5.05 m. This year, the city will experience high tide on 22 days during the Monsoon,'' Mr Gajbhiye said.

''On July 23, the high tide will be of 5.01 metres. If the high tide will be accompanied by heavy rains, the city will witness floods. In such a situation, people should take due care and not leave their homes,'' he said.

A meeting of the Disaster Management department of the BMC for pre-Monsoon preparations took place recently. Officers from police, government, army, CRPF, Meteorological department, Central Railway, Western Railway and other government departments attended the meeting. Monsoon preparations by all the departments are in full swing. De-silting work of the Mithi river had been completed 80 per cent by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), Mr Gajbiye added.

On 26th July 2005, combined with the high tides, an unbelievable 944 mm of rainfall, contributed to over 400 deaths in Mumbai region. It would be good to take note of the below dates and review your entities plans & preparations to meet any contingencies this monsoon season.

High Tides at Gateway

Days to watch out for this monsoon, with expected level of high tide in metres. The danger level, says the Disaster Management Cell, is 5.05 m high tide on July 24

Dates of High Tides

Citiziens should not Panic and spread rumours, they should not move out of the house unless very urget on this days. Don't hesitate to call 108 for any information on the rains, compile all necessary documents in a file and keep it handy. Citizens risiding on ground floors should keep their belongings at heights, park your vehicles on high ground, where there is no water logging.

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