According to data revealed by the Disaster Management Cell, Mumbai will experience 22 days of high tide in the Arabian Sea in four monsoon months this year.
Bifurcating further, they explained that six days each in June and July and five days each in August and September will be high tide days.
At the meeting, officials from the civic body and other agencies were instructed to carry out an inspection of the work in progress ahead of the monsoon.
According to reports, 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.
Also, in encouraging news for the Mumbaikars, 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.
The highest high tide, up to 4.87 meters, will be observed on June 4 and July 3. .
In addition, the issue of people living in landslide prone areas was also discussed at the meeting. Officials said 72 locations have been identified as landslide-prone areas, 45 of which have been marked as hazardous.
It is pertinent to note that the BMC will start sending out notices to people living in these areas, asking them to move to safer places during the rains, in accordance with the annual protocol.
Thus, to ensure the safety of citizens, all the services concerned have been ordered to take the necessary precautions.