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BMC's dos and don'ts ahead of Cyclone Nisarga

June 03, 2020 09:10 IST
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Cyclone Nisarga, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in over a century, is heading to the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts and is expected to make landfall at Alibaug, about 100 km from Mumbai, on Wednesday afternoon.

IMAGE: Firshermen look on after anchoring their boats due to a red alert for Cyclone Nisarga, at Uttan beach in Thane. Photograph: PTI Photo

Mumbai's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has put out a list of dos and don'ts for citizens.


Here's what you should do

  • Loose things outside the house should be tied or moved indoors
  • Seal important documents and jewellery in a plastic bag
  • Regularly inspect battery-operated as well as reserve power systems
  • Pay attention to official instructions on TV and radio
  • Practise actions to be taken in case of emergencies
  • If you do not live in a mud house/hut, choose a part of the house as an emergency shelter and practise how
  • members of the house will use the space during the cyclone
  • Keep an emergency kit ready
  • Stay away from windows. Close some windows and keep some open so the pressure is maintained.
  • Stay at the centre of the room. Stay away from the corners as debris often accumulates in the corners
  • Hide under strong furniture such as a stool or a heavy table or desk, hold it tight
  • Use your hands to protect your head and neck
  • Avoid large roof spaces such as auditoriums or shopping malls
  • If you find an open space and there is enough time, find the right shelter in the nearest pit or pasture
  • Relocate to a predetermined or administration determined location
  • Disconnect power supply of all non-emergency equipment and tools
  • Store drinking water in a clean place
  • Help people trapped or injured. Provide first aid if 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 the electrician
  • Help those in need of special help like children, physically challenged, elderly, neighbours

What you shouldn't do

  • Don't spread or believe in rumours
  • Do not attempt to drive or ride any vehicle during the cyclone
  • Stay away from damaged buildings
  • Do not move injured people unless it is absolutely safe to do so. It may cause more harm
  • Do not allow oil and other flammable substances to spill. Clean immediately
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