This year monsoon promises to keep the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) and people living along the coastline on their toes as the sea will rise above 4.5 metres for as many as nine times between June 24 to August 24.
As per the weather forecast, MBMC’s disaster management cell has released a list of high tide days when the sea level rises at an average of 4.5 metres. If the tides are coupled with heavy rainfall, chances of flooding become significantly higher, especially in low-lying areas – since there are no outlets for the rainwater.
As many as 42 low-lying areas and chronic water-logging spots have been identified in the twin-city. According to data available with the MBMC, five days out of the nine days will witness sea waves reaching a height of 4.5 to 4.6 metres, mostly during the afternoon time. The remaining four days are expected to record high tides of 4.4 meters.
Although tides over 4.5 metres are termed high, they are considered dangerous if the height touches 5 metres. However, not taking any chances, the disaster management cell and fire brigade personnel of the MBMC claim to make needed arrangements well in advance to tackle any eventualities that may arise due to heavy rains coinciding with the high tide period.
Here is the list: