Mumbai Rains: Amid the mayhem, here’s all you can do to keep yourself safe

Mumbai is crawling back to normalcy, but precautions are still advisable to the folks. Here's how you can keep yourself safe.
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Written by: Reshu Manglik New Delhi August 30, 2017 13:47 IST

The torrential rains in Mumbai have brought the financial capital of India to a standstill on Tuesday. The flooding streets, gushing rainwater and transport chaos have left the Mumbaikars helpless and stranded. A dozen of flights and trains have been cancelled bringing the normalcy in the city to halt. However, the city is crawling back to life, but still, you’ve got to be very careful while stepping out of the house. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

Keep your mobile, laptop charged 

Power failure for long hours is normal to happen. It’s better that you prepare yourself for it. Don’t use your smartphone unnecessarily. Keep it charges and if you have a powerbank, charge it to the full for emergency use. 

Stash some biscuits and water with you 

Keep some packets of biscuits and water bottles with you. You never know when you might need them. 

Keep your family informed about your whereabouts 

While leaving the house, make sure you inform your family about the route you’re taking and place you’re headed to. In case you’re stranded, your family can help you get the needed help. 

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Carry an umbrella, gumboots and winbreaker with you.

It’s risky to walk in the flooded water without gumboots. The dangerous insects in the water can add t o your trouble. 

Use only public transport if possible 

If you’re all by yourself during the heavy rains, use a public transport. They’re safer as compared to your personal car as there are a lot of other people as well. 

Avoid going to beaches 

It can be really tempting to explore the beaches during the rain. But this single mistake can cost you your life.  

Keep your electronics and money in a plastic bag 

Keep all your electronic items and cash in a plastic bag. Even if you’re keeping them inside your bag, wrap them in a plastic bag for extra precaution. 

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Do not seek shelter under a tree 

If you’re stranded in the rains, seek refuge in a public place like temple, railway station, church, etc. Do not stand under a tree. Tree is more vulnerable to get struck by lightning than anything else. 

NDMA shared some tips on how to save yourself from high-speed flowing water. Check it out: 

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