Cyclone Nisarga: BMC Issues List Of Dos And Don’ts For Mumbai
As Mumbai braces for the landfall of Cyclone Nisarga, which is expected to bring heavy downpour and high-speed winds at a time when the financial capital is reeling under the coronavirus pandemic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation issued a list of dos and don’ts for citizens.
For queries or concerns related to the cyclone, the civic body has asked people to dial helpline number 1916 and Press 4.
- Loose things outside the house should be tied or moved indoors.
- Seal important documents and jewellery in plastic bags.
- Regularly inspect battery-operated as well as reserve power systems.
- Pay attention to the official instructions on television and radio.
- Practice actions to be taken in case of emergencies.
- If you don’t live in a mud house/hut, choose a part of the house as an emergency shelter and practice how all members of the house will use the space during cyclone.
- Keep an emergency kit ready.
- Stay away from windows. Close some windows and keep some windows open so that the pressure is maintained.
- Stay at the centre of the room. Stay away form corners as debris often accumulate in corners
- Hide under strong furniture such as stool or heavy table or desk, and hold it tight.
- Use your hands to protect your head and neck.
- Avoid large roof spaces such as auditoriums and shopping malls.
- If you find an open space and there is enough time, find right shelter in the nearest pit or pasture.
- Relocate to a pre-determined or administration-determined location.
- Disconnect power supply of all non-emergency equipment and tools.
- Store drinking water in a clean space (jugs, bottles etc).
- Help people trapped or injured. Provide first aid, as needed.
- Check for air leaks. If you smell gas or hear a leaking sound, immediately open the windows and exit the building. If possible, turn off the gas valve and report to the gas company.
- Check for damage to electrical equipment. If you notice sparks, exposed wires, or burning smell of rubber, disconnect the main power supply and call an electrician.
- Help those in need of special help like children, physically challenged or elderly neighbours.
- Don’t spread or believe in rumours.
- Don’t attempt to drive or ride any vehicle during the cyclone.
- Stay away from damaged buildings.
- Don’t move injured people unless it is absolutely safe to do so. It may cause more harm.
- Don’t allow oil and other flammable substances to spill. Clean them immediately.
The storm is expected to make landfall between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag on Wednesday afternoon. Cyclone Nisarga will be the second cyclone over North Indian Ocean this season after Amphan.