The monsoon is expected to be normal this year and will hit the city as usual in June. The BMC said it had started clearing the city’s drains and improving road conditions. However, despite the proclaimed preparedness, the city will be more at risk this year with a high tide for 22 days when sea levels are expected to rise above 4.5 meters. During the last monsoon, the city experienced sea level rise for 18 days.
According to civic data, the highest tide of 4.87 meters is expected on June 16 and July 15, around 1:35 p.m. and 1:22 p.m., respectively. Tide levels above 4.5 meters are dangerous as they can lead to heavy flooding, if combined with heavy downpours in low areas. In June, the city will experience sea level rise from June 13-18, July 13-18, August 11-15, and September 9-13.
In addition, a high-level meeting was held at the BMC headquarters on monsoon preparedness and was attended by Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide who heads the Mumbai Suburban District Disaster Management Authority, Municipal Commissioner Additional and Chairman of Mumbai City District Disaster Management Authority Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects) P Velarasu, Mumbai Suburban Collector Nidhi Chaudhary, All 24 Deputy Commissioners municipal wards and assistant commissioners. All officers were directed for the effective implementation of preventative measures to keep the city flood free.
During the meeting, various issues related to disaster management were discussed. Dangerous trees, dilapidated buildings and areas prone to landslides have always been a concern in this season. Thus, to ensure the safety of citizens, all the services concerned have been ordered to take the necessary precautions.
Instructions were also given to the gardening department to finish pruning the trees before the rains. Considering the recent landslides, instructions have been issued to build security walls wherever necessary. Also, during the meeting, the district officers were advised to follow the procedures prescribed for dilapidated buildings in order to avoid untoward incidents during the monsoon.
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Posted: Wednesday April 20th 2022, 06:56 IST