Mumbai Cyclone News: BMC issues set of dos and don’ts amidst cyclone warning for Mumbai | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: With a cyclone warning issued for Mumbai, the civic body said that all precautions are being taken to ensure zero casualty, including relocating people from unsafe localities. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also issued a set of dos and don’ts, such as asking citizens to stay away from the sea and not stand under a tree or pillar especially considering the strong and gusty winds expected ahead of the Cyclone Nisarga.
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List of dos issued:

  • 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 the official instructions on the television and radio.
  • If you do not live in a mud house/hut, choose a part of the house as an emergency shelter and practice 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 windows open so that pressure is maintained.
  • Stay at the centre of the room. Stay away from corners as debris often accumulates in the 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 the power supply of all non emergency equipment and tools.
  • Store drinking water in a clean place (fill 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 gas company.
  • Check for damage to electrical equipment. If you notice sparks, exposed wires or smell of runner, disconnect the main power supply and call the electrician.
  • Help those in need of special help like children, physically challenged, elderly and neigbours.

Here are the don’ts:

  • Do not spread or believe in rumours.
  • Do not attempt to drive or ride any vehicle during 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 them immediately.
  • Call the BMC disaster control room helpline 1916 in case of emergency.

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