New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Cyclone ‘Nisarga’, the first cyclonic storm in over century is about to hit the coastal regions of Maharashtra and Gujarat and will likely make its landfall in Alibaug in Raigad district, about 100 km from Mumbai this afternoon.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Nisagra has intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ which will reach the coastal areas in Maharashtra with a wind speed between 105-110 kmph. The IMD also said that the Nisarga will cross close to south of Alibaug as severe cyclonic storm 100-110 kmph gusting at 120 kmph.

Meanwhile, fifteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force and four teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in different coastal areas while five teams have been kept on standby.

 

As Mumbai braces for the super cyclonic storm, The Brihannmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a list of Dos and Don’ts for the citizens to keep themself safe from the Cyclone Nisarga.

Here is the list of Dos and Don’ts issued by the BMC:

Dos

Dial 1916 and Press 4 for any cyclone-related questions

Stay indoors, keep mobile phones and power banks charged

Keep torches, emergency lights charged and have candles handy

Switch off electrical mains and gas supply

Loose things kept outside the house should be tightened or move inside the house.

Important documents, jewellery should be sealed in a plastic bag

Regularly inspect battery-operated as well as reserve power systems

Pay attention to official instructions on TV and radio

Practice of actions should be done in case of emergency

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.

Don'ts

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

Posted By: Talib Khan