high-tides1In the next couple of months, it will be time to say your prayers again. The municipal corporation has earmarked nearly 20 days high tide days for this monsoon. Sluice gates, which funnel floodwaters from the city to the sea, are closed on days of high tides, ensuring floods. On 26/7, combined with this, an unbelievable 944 mm of rainfall, the heaviest in 100 years, a busted weather forecast and a failed administration contributed to 400 deaths. Three things that could have saved Mumbai from flooding this year were a Doppler radar so that rainfall could be accurately predicted; the Brimstowad project that was intended to widen the holding capacity of storm water drains in the city, and Mithi River clean up. However, the Doppler radar has still not been installed, the much-hyped Brimstowad project is still not complete and the Mithi River cleanup has still not progressed as per plan. So its four years later and three of the biggest factors that could have minimised deaths haven’t changed. What you can do is stay on your guard on the days of high tides. Here are a list of days of high tides when you need to beware: 25th, 26th, 27th of May, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th of June, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th of July and 20th, 21st, 22nd of August. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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