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How to stay safe in Mumbai Rains


How to stay safe in Mumbai Rains


Hope for the best ,but prepare for the worst.


It is normal to feel a mix of emotions in emergency situations and these emotions should pass with time.People who use the support of family, friends,Mumbaikars are generally found to recover well from stressful situations such as these. 

Checklist of Must do things

Secure the place where you are.

Immediately head for higher ground and stay put until help arrives.

If you see fast moving floodwaters, “turn around, don’t drown.” That means avoiding all moving water, even if it seems to be very shallow. Just six inches of fast moving water can trip you up and knock you over.You could hit your head, break a bone, or worse, get swept away into much deeper, faster-moving water

If you have no choice but to walk through water, go where the water is shallow and isn’t moving, then use a sturdy stick to check the depth as you walk, as well the firmness of the ground underneath. Mud and other slick surfaces can also easily topple you over. If you have children with you, carry them and keep them out of the water at all times if possible. As you make your way to higher ground, avoid touching or getting near any electrical equipment since you’re probably wet or standing in water.

 It also helps to know what spots are most likely to flood in your area

As you move through the water, float backwards on your back so you can push away from any large debris flowing down the water toward you, and always go over obstacles, never under. Once you’ve got a good grip on something, keep your feet pointed downstream, then yell loudly for help and wave an arm if possible. Johnson says it’s hard for rescue teams to spot people trapped in the water, so anything you can do to make yourself more noticeable is a big help. Don’t give up—keep yelling and waving until you’re rescued

  • Listen to your local radio station for updates;
  • Check that your neighbours have heard any warnings; and
  • Prepare yourself and your property.
  • Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of the water;
  • Secure objects that might float away and cause damage;
  • Move stock and equipment to high ground;
  • Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of the water. Place electrical goods on top; and
  • Check your car and keep it full of fuel
  • In a vehicle

Driving can also be incredibly dangerous during a flash flood. suggest that as little as six inches of water can cause loss of control and possibly stall your vehicle, a foot of water can actually float many vehicles, and two feet of rushing water is enough to carry SUVs and pickup trucks away. Not to mention, it can take as little as a quarter-inch of water to cause hydroplaning if you’re driving fast enough. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled.

Do not ever attempt a water crossing with your vehicle. It will not go well. Besides, you can’t accurately tell how deep water is from inside your vehicle, and you could be driving right into a sinkhole. Turn around and find another route. 

If there is no other option at all Follow the tracks of the vehicles in front of you closely.

Atleast that path has been proven to be safe.

How to get out of a flooded car

If the water comes at your vehicle suddenly and you have no time to get away, you need to get out as quickly as possible. If you’re stuck and the water is rising, unbuckle your seatbelt, roll down your windows, break them with a specialized tool, or kick them out to allow water to flow freely into the vehicle. If you don’t, you won’t be able to open your doors because nearly 2,000 pounds of pressure will be pushing against it. Once water comes in and the pressure equalizes on both sides—which will take less than a minute—you’ll be able to open the car doors or swim out of the window opening. Abandon your car and move to higher ground following the on-foot rules explained above.

If your car is out of fuel/ stranded or 8454999999 or tweet us for free towing till the nearest fuel pump or garage

Secure your Water,Food and Medication.

Drinking water

If a ‘boil water’ alert has been issued in your area, observe it strictly to prevent illness. Water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil and then be allowed to cool and refrigerated in a clean container with a lid. Under no circumstances should water that has not been boiled be consumed until the alert is lifted. Alternatively bottled water may be used.
  • Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:
  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads)
  • Making ice
  • Cleaning teeth
  • Pet's drinking water
Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

If you are outside

Stay in touch

Secure your communication.

Phone should be fully charged and Waterproofed.Suggets carrying a powerbank and have the required currency on your phone.

Follow  Mumbai Police or these hashtags #MumbaiRains #Rainhosts  on Twitter for the latest.

Helpline Numbers in Mumbai
Central Railway Control Room: 022-22620173
Western Railway Control Room: 022-23094064
BMC helpline: 1916
WhatsApp Number for traffic updates: 8454999999

Airport Police Helpline
All India Animal Welfare Association
Animal rescue/Walfare
Ambulance Andheri (W) 6255264/3599, 6243675
6255264/3599, 6243675
Ambulance Borivli
9819116599, 9820552493
Ambulance Dadar 4229531, 4229556
4229531, 4229556
Ambulance services
Ambulance Thane
BMC Disaster Management Cell
BMC Helpline
2224137518, 24135285, 24135285, 24135434
Animal rescue/Walfare
Central Railway control room
Children's helpline
Fire emergency number
Fire emergency number (Mumbai)
Fire emergency number (Thane)
Fire emergency number (Vashi)
For accidents on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
IDA India
919320056581, 02232681418
Animal rescue/Walfare
Animal rescue/Walfare
Missing Persons Bureau
Municial ambulance 3077324
Animal rescue/Walfare
Police Control Room Helpline
22620111, 22151855
Police Hotline
Railway Emergency
Senior citizens' helpline
Traffic Control Room Helpline
24937747, 24937755
Traffic Helpline
Wester Railway control room
Whatsapp for traffic updates
Women's helplines
22828862, 26140403

In a building

And if floodwaters have reached your building, do not use your home’s power.

If risking going outside.Travel only in emergency and only to a safer place

Taking care of others 

If you are able to communicate to them ,ask them to follow the above guidelines.
if not able to communicate ,you can contact Mumbai police or tweet using #mumbairains hashtag mention the last known location,wait for an update.

Help others after,ensuring your safety first.No point adding one more person to the "to be rescued list"

If you have to evacuate

Pack the most important things you need to carry with you.
Food and water,medication,waterproof clothes
Important documents in a waterproof pack.Absolutely essential valuables.

Keep children away from dirty water. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater as it’s likely to be dirty, carry bacteria, and vulnerable to electric shock.

Keep children clean. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals) and ensure they bathe after being exposed to flood waters or flood-damaged areas.


Flood precautions for pregnant women

Our home was flooded during severe weather. What should we do with food and medicines that got wet?

How to clean your home after a flood


Must read Mt.Everest books


Must read Mt.Everest books

Top Mount Everest books

Mt.Everest has always been source of mystery,inspiration,thrill and adventure.These books are written to get you close to the Mountain from your armchair.Perhaps it will inspire you to attempt the summit yourself.Happy reading!

1.Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

This book is not only a great account of a catastrophe that rocked Mt. Everest in 1996 but also a window to what the commercialized world of mountaineering looks like.

2. The Climb:Tragic Ambitions on Everest

A fascinating account of what happened on Mount Everest in May of 1996. Written in response to Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" Anatoli Booukreev defends his climbing without oxygen and going on ahead of his team to reach the summit. His best reply, I thought, was his answer to Krakauer's criticism about not using oxygen. 

3.No Summit out of Sight:

 The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summit

Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age thirteen—and he didn’t stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells how he achieved such great heights.

4.Into The Silence

For Mallory, as for all of his generation, death was but ‘a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day’. As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. What mattered now was how one lived, and the moments of being alive. 

5.Everest: Expedition to the  Ultimate

'Everest by fair means - that is the human dimension, and that is what interests me … In reaching for the oxygen cylinder, a climber degrades Everest … a climber who doesn't rely on his own strength and skills, but on apparatus and drugs, deceives himself. In May 1978 Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler became the first climbers in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen

6. Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

He was effectively left for dead, but drawing upon reserves of determination and courage he didn't know he had - as well as the extraordinary selflessness and bravery of a Nepalese helicopter pilot he'd never met - he finally made it to safety. Only then could a new battle begin: to rebuild his life with a family he'd taken for granted for too long.


7.Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine

This is the dramatic inside story of the 1999 expedition to find the bodies and solve the enigma of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who tragically and mysteriously died on Everest on 8th June 1924, in an attempt to reach the peak. What happened to Mallory and Irving the day they set out on their summit bid only to disappear without any evidence of their fate or possible achievement? Were these two brave pioneers the first to reach the summit 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? How did they perish and where

8.Thin Air

One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.
This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

9.High Exposure

For generations of resolute adventurers, from George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary to Jon Krakauer, Mount Everest and the world's other greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground. But the question remains: Why climb? In High Exposure, elite mountaineer and acclaimed Everest filmmaker David Breashears answers with an intimate and captivating look at his life. 
For Breashears, climbing has never been a question of risk taking: Rather, it is the pursuit of excellence and a quest for self-knowledge. Danger comes, he argues, when ambition blinds reason. The stories this world-class climber and great adventurer tells will surprise you -- from discussions of competitiveness on the heights to a frank description of the 1996 Everest tragedy

10.A Life on the Edge, Anniversary Edition: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond

11.Seven Summits

12.Above All Things
Above All Things is a heart-wrenchingly romantic historical novel by Tanis Rideout, based on British mountaineer George Mallory's fatal attempt to climb Everest, and his wife Ruth, who is left at home, waiting for him to return to her.
In the Himalayas two climbers strike out for the summit of the Earth's highest mountain - aiming to be the first to the top, and reclaim a little of Britain's lost glory.

In Cambridge, a wife collects the milk, gets three children out of bed and waits for a letter, a telegram - for news of her husband

13.Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge

14.The Abominable 

June 1924. On the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest, famous adventurers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanish into the snow-whipped night.
Daredevil explorer Richard Deacon devises a plan to follow in the men's footsteps, accompanied only by two friends. Off piste and with no support team, the three men strike for Everest's peak and the most vicious climate on earth.

15.Tiger of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay

Growing up at the foot of Mount Everest, a Sherpa boy named Tenzing Norgay dreamed about one day being the first to climb the giant in his backyard. For years he practiced, carrying loads of rocks in his backpack to grow stronger, prowling the mountain's lower levels; later, carrying loads of equipment for other adventurers, but always, always, wanting to climb himself.

16.Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season

In 2006, 11 people died attempting to reach the summit, the most fatalities since 1996. But unlike 1996, 2006 saw no surprise blizzard, only the constant dangers posed by unstable ice, merciless cold, thin air - and human nature

17.Life and Death on Mt. Everest: Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

The Sherpas were dead, two more victims of an attempt to scale Mt. Everest. Members of a French climbing expedition, sensitive perhaps about leaving the bodies where they could not be recovered, rolled them off a steep mountain face. One body, however, crashed to a stop near Sherpas on a separate expedition far below

18.Chomolungma Sings the Blues

If there is one mountain that is known across the whole world, it must be the highest - Everest. To the people who live at its feet she is Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World. The disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine close to the summit in 1924 lent the mountain a tragic romanticism, of young men risking everything for a dream.

A portrait in observance of the first Everest ascent's fiftieth anniversary follows the life of Tibetan-born Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, from his life as an illiterate yak herder to his relationship with Sir Edmund Hillary and his accomplishments as a mountaineer

20.Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy

On May 10, 1996, Lene Gammelgaard became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. But a raging storm and human error conspired to turn triumph into catastrophe.

21.High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature. In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet

22.My Quest for the Yeti: Confronting the Himalayas' Deepest Mystery

One of the greatest mountaineers alive unravels one of the world's greatest enigmas For over 20 years Reinhold Messner has been obsessed with the secret of the Yeti, the Himalayan creature of legend, who in the West became infamously known as the abominable snowman.

23.Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain

In Savage Summit, Jennifer Jordan shares the tragic, compelling, inspiring, and extraordinary true stories of a handful of courageous women -- mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, poets and engineers -- who defeated this formidable mountain yet ultimately perished in pursuit of their dreams

24.Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure

Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the people left behind? Why would anyone choose to invest in a future with a high-altitude risk-taker? What is life like in the shadow of the mountain? Such questions have long been taboo in the world of mountaineering. Now, the spouses, parents and children of internationally renowned climbers finally break their silence, speaking out about the dark side of adventure.

25.Mountain Madness

Legendary climber Scott Fischer found in Mount Everest a perfect landscape for his fearless spirit. Scaling the world’s highest peak tested his skills, his courage, and his endurance. His legendary final expedition—and its tragic outcome—are portrayed in Everest, the 3-D movie adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Scott Fischer. Robert Birkby, one of Scott’s close friends, captures in this intimate and stirring portrait who Scott Fischer really was and what led him to climb to the top of the world—before he left it altogether

26. Touching the Void

Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck