In a month, it will be time to say your prayers again. The municipal corporation has earmarked 19 high tide days for this monsoon. With a deadly mix of high tide, majors projects holding the city at ransom and little pre monsoon efforts, you have no choice but to say your prayers, yet once again this monsoon. Take a look at the days when the city will pray harder. 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 three 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 : 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th of June, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th July 6th July 7TH July, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 30th 31st August and 1st of September. Nilofar Shaikh – NMTV News.
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