Mumbai Rains: How to survive monsoon in India’s financial capital, here’s ultimate guide
Mumbai Rains: How to survive monsoon in India’s financial capital, here’s ultimate guide (Photo Credit: PTI)
Monsoon has arrived in several parts of India. And rains are a great delight especially after the scorching heat of summer. Isn’t it? However, heavy rains some time result in waterlogging and moreover it even can cause flood. Since last five days, India’s financial capital Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall and it has brought partial halt to the city. Due to heavy rainfall, local trains and traffic has been affected severely which led Mumbaikars to face many problem in their day-to-day life. It is necessary to keep ourselves safe and this is a good time to brush up on various safety tips in the event that the city continues to experience heavy rains currently.
Take these necessary precautions when you are walking, biking, or using a car to get to a safe place:
- Do not ever walk or bike through moving water. Moving water that’s over six inches deep can cause a person to fall.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. It is to be noted that more people drown in cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers as the road or bridge may be washed out.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires as electrocution might occur.
Take the following precautions when you are at home & in the office:
- Power outage is a very common thing that happens due to heavy rain or flood-like situation. In this case,
- It’s very common thing that during the heavy rain or flood-like situation, the electricity check if you have space in your freezer then fill plastic containers with up to 90 percent of water. This will act as a coolant and keep the food cold.
- Store extra groceries, ready-made foods in the house.
- Staying in touch with your loved ones is important. Back up your computer regularly and consider investing in extra batteries for laptops, or a DC converter which allows most laptops to use the cigarette lighter in a car. Keep all mobile devices charged and have an extra phone that stays fully charged and kept somewhere safe and easily accessible.
- Use a surge protector for all appliances to protect them from shorting out.
- Have flashlights, spare batteries, bottled water, a power bank fully charged, food supply that doesn’t require cooking and a first aid kit.
Take the following precautions to ensure your home or area is safe after the rains have reduced:
- Firstly, clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories and storage buildings. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics and medicines are health hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.
- Soaked carpeting and padding should be pulled up and discarded.
- Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
- Definitely, the use of large fans can speed the drying process and curtail the development of mold.
- Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t ever smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you are sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has been aired out.
First Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 12:01 PM