Surving The Mumbai Monsoon: A Quick Guide To Staying Safe In The Rains

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Living it up in the rains. Image by tonicmedia.in

Mumbai’s favorite season is finally here! As Mumbaikars welcome the cooling showers and pleasant weather, they also prepare themselves to face this unpredictable season which can bring the entire city to a standstill. A few heavy showers and your gutters will flood, vehicles will stop, trains will get delayed and suddenly you will find yourself cursing the rain gods.

In order to avoid any unpleasantness during this otherwise wonderful and oh-so-romantic season, we bring you a quick list of things to do and carry to brave the rains. Also at hand are some important numbers that you should always keep handy that can bail you out in case you get caught up in the rains.

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MONSOON MUST-HAVES
A monsoon essential that goes without saying is an umbrella and one that is in perfect working condition. Always keep an umbrella handy even if you are leaving home on a bright and sunny morning. Ensure that no spokes have come loose or your umbrella could go tumbling away in the wind. Even if you use a raincoat or windcheaters, umbrellas can be useful to keep the rain off the head.

Rainy footwear is another must have. Avoid the trial and error with your regular pair of shoes and invest in a decent waterproof or all season footwear.  The last thing you need in a heavy downpour is a broken shoe/slipper ending up in feet troubles.

Tuck away your leather and suede laptop/iPad/phone cases. A waterproof case and plastic cover is necessary to protect your gadgets from rainwater and save you all the unwanted trouble of getting them fixed.

Go colorful this monsoon. Image by ohmybag.it

Waterproof bags are another important accessory to have this season. People are often found struggling to keep their bags dry in the rain and in the bargain get themselves drenched. Avoid such hassles and get yourself a cool waterproof bag available in bright colors and a variety of prints. Also keep your wallet or money in a plastic pouch, especially if you are keeping it in the pockets of your trousers or jeans.

A pair of dry clothes at work is also a good back up option rather than freezing yourself in the AC. Or if you travel by your own vehicle, you could stack them in your car along with an extra pair of slippers.

GET YOUR VEHICLES RAIN READY
Now that you are ready to step out in the rain, it’s time to do a quick check and ensure that your vehicles are rain ready too.

Monsoon woes with flooding and traffic. Image by wonderfulmumbai.com

The roads get extremely slippery during the rains due to oil and grime and vehicles, be it two wheelers or four wheelers, have a tendency to skid. So do not drive in a rush and maintain safe distances between cars. Also manholes get flooded with water and are a potential danger for vehicles and pedestrians, so do keep a sharp eye out for them.

A thorough servicing of your car or bike is necessary as soon as the season begins. With monsoons come traffic jams, so ensure that your engines are in good health to wait through the endless hoards of vehicles.

Wipers are your best friend’s this season. If they aren’t in smooth condition time to change them at once.

Make sure that your breaks and horn are in perfect condition. With people running late and rushing across roads, these will surely come in handy more often than you expect.

Drive safe. Image by travel.india.com

Lights are your biggest saviors to battle poor visibility during heavy rains. The fog lights and tail-lights, make sure that all of it is in good working order to help not just you but fellow travelers on the road too.

Keep an emergency kit including a hammer, a torch light, multi-purpose knife and replacement batteries at all times in your car. Some food supplies and a list of important numbers (just in case your cell stops working) can also be useful.

Public Transport too gets difficult in this season with trains getting late, rickshaws getting spoilt and various such situations. So it is better to always leave earlier than usual to reach your destination.

HELPLINE NUMBERS 

And finally a check list of emergency numbers that will come in handy should you need any help during an emergency like flooding.

  • MCGM Disaster Help Line – 108
  • Any Civic Disaster During Rainy Days – 1916
  • Disaster Management Control rooms – 2270 4403, 2269 4725, 2269 4727, 2269 4719
  • MMRDA 24-hour control room – 26591241, 26594176 and 8080705051.
  • Fire Brigade – 2307 6111/2
  • Railway Control Room – 2375 9283
  • Reliance Power – 30303030
  • Mahanagar gas (Emergency) – 2407 4748
  • Traffic Police – 24937747
  • Weather Bureau – 2215 0431

Dates when high tides are expected in Mumbai

  • In June, the dates marked are between June 23 and June 28. The most dangerous day will be June 25 with high tide reaching 4.79 metres.
  • In July, the dates marked are between July 22 and July 26 and the dangerous day will be July 24 with high tide reaching 4.95 metres.
  • In August, dates between August 20 and August 23 are marked for high tides.
  • While in September the dates between September 19 and September 21 are marked in the danger zone.

With these quick tips and helpline numbers we hope to reduce the monsoon madness and make the rainy season safe and fun for the entire city! Know of other important numbers or tips that can be shared with our readers? Comment below or email us at [email protected] Take care!

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Esha Verma
Writing is a passion I discovered a little late. But better late than never. When not penning my thoughts, you'll find me sniffing around for good food - trying out every new restaurant in town is a hobby. I swear by Hindi films and when doing nothing of the above you'll find me troubling my pet pooch.