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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brace for 6 high tide days from June 23


Mumbai: The BMC is gearing up for six days when the city will witness a high tide of more than 4.5 m starting from Sunday.
    Tides coupled with heavy rain can cause waterlogging in low-lying areas.
    According to civic officials, there will be a high tide on June 23 (4.72 m), June 24 (4.89 m), June 25 (4.97 m), June 26 (4.93 m) June 27 (4.79 m) and June 28 (4.54 m). It is anticipating the same between July 22 and July 26, during which there is a possibility of heavy rain. Civic chief Sitaram Kunte held a meeting with officials on Wednesday to discuss emergency measures.
    "The last two weeks have been tough. The BMC wants to avoid a fiasco and take precautionary measures," said a
civic official. Meanwhile, Regional Transport Office (RTO) personnel have been roped in to be part of the BMC's disaster management team to tackle heavy waterlogging, landslides or building crashes during the monsoon. RTO officials have been asked to report on Friday for a programme on disaster control, said a source.
    "In case of an emergency, we can seek help of agencies and get rescue vehicles to remove debris if building crashes and landslides occur," an official said.
The RTO will also deploy personnel to help the rescue and disaster management teams. The RTO personnel will also assist the police in regulating the flow of traffic during heavy rain. It will also issue warnings, alerts for citizens on its official website.

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