Mumbai will not witness any tide above 5m this year

According to the list sent by the Mumbai Port trust (MPT) to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), this monsoon on 27 occasions there will be tides of more than 4.5 meters and below 4.80 meters.

"This year, we are lucky as we do not have tide of 5m and above. But still any tide over 4.5m is considered as high tide and if it is coupled with heavy rains then it is a matter of concern," Disaster Management Cell, Joint Municipal Commissioner, S S Shinde told PTI here.

If such tides coincide with heavy rains then its dangerous. We will ensure that Mumbaikars remain safe,he said.

According to the data available with civic officials, there will not be any high tide measuring five metres this year, with the highest expected to be 4.80 metres on September 30 at 0148 hours.

The deluge of July 26, 2005 saw 944 mm of heavy rainfall coinciding with a tide of 4.48m which left the entire city marooned with unprecedented floods, claiming lives of more than 400 people.

But this time the civic body is all geared up to meet any such eventuality."To ensure that Mumbaikars do not face difficulties this monsoon we are taking measures and making all required preparations. We will keep the people updated about the dates of tides and other details through our website," Shinde said.According to the civic administration, in the month of June there will be tides from June 15-18 measuring between 4.56m-4.66m. The tides measuring between 4.51m and 4.64m will visit again the Mumbai coast between July 3 and 31.

The month of August will witness tides of 4.55m to 4.78m length from 1st to 31st while September will witness 4.50m to 4.80m long tides from 1st to 30th.

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