Mumbai braces for high tide

Mumbai braces for high tide

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has issued an alert saying waves higher than 4.5 metres would hit the city shoreline during the week.

The MCGM, in its circular, stated that these high tidal waves are expected to hit the Mumbai coast from Friday till June 18.

Fifteen security guards will be posted at the Gateway of India in South Mumbai between 10 am and 6 pm to prohibit people from going near the sea, the circular said.

Six teams have also been sent to sensitive areas in the metropolis, with each of them comprising members of the fire brigade, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and lifeguards. The teams will be deployed in areas like Girgaon, Dadar, Juhu, Versova, Aksa beach, Gorai beach and Chowpatty beach, where there are higher chances of flooding.

A special disaster-control mechanism has been put in place, with a special team to attend emergency calls from citizens, three hours before and after the scheduled time of the high tide, the MCGM said.

Tidal waves measuring 4.38 metres lashed the shores of Mumbai on Thursday, submerging the city’s low-lying areas of Worli, Shivaji Park and Mahim, besides several southern parts.