Cyclone in Maharashtra: Mumbai braces for cyclone Tauktae, shifts 580 Covid patients from field hospitals | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: As many as 580 Covid-19 sufferers have been shifted from three jumbo Covid centres to numerous hospitals by late Saturday as the town and its adjoining areas are anticipated to be buffeted by gusty winds of as much as 80kmph and heavy showers when Cyclone Tauktae passes by within the Arabian Sea on Sunday.
The ‘very extreme’ storm, heading in direction of Gujarat, lashed Kerala on Saturday, killing two. A yellow alert for heavy rain at remoted locations has been flagged for Mumbai. IMD expects gales and rain with thunder and lightning, and BMC fears the momentary buildings within the open fields could also be blown off or flooded. Showers began within the metropolis from Saturday evening itself.
In all, 243 Covid sufferers have been moved out of the Bandra-Kurla Complicated subject hospital, 183 from the one at Dahisar and 154 from Mulund. The sufferers have been shifted in civic ambulances with the required oxygen provide and drugs, together with injections. Hospital-wise coordination officers have been appointed to make sure a clean operation. As soon as the sufferers have been transferred, the BMC knowledgeable their relations.
MLA Zeeshan Siddique stated sufferers whose situation had improved have been discharged from the BKC centre. “Sufferers are being shifted to hospitals corresponding to Seven Hills (Andheri) and Nesco centre in Goregaon,” he stated.
Dahisar’s sufferers too have been shifted to Nesco and Seven Hills, stated an official. Shiv Sena’s Abhishek Ghosalkar stated those that didn’t require oxygen have been despatched to the Rustomjee centre close by.
At Mulund, sufferers have been shifted to M T Agrawal Hospital, Mithaghar centre, the Octroi naka centre and Bhabha Hospital in Kurla. Kishore Gandhi, assistant municipal commissioner of the BMC’s T Ward, stated, “We’ve stopped admitting new sufferers. These shifted to close by hospitals will probably be handled there and won’t be introduced again to the ability,” he stated. There have been 167 Covid sufferers in Mulund, with plans to discharge 50 recovered sufferers in a day or two. Calling it a very good determination, Mihir Kotecha, the native MLA, stated, “Planning is required at such occasions, reasonably than ready for a catastrophe to occur after which establishing an inquiry committee.”
In the meantime, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the authorities within the state’s coastal districts to stay on alert and be well-equipped to sort out the state of affairs. A gathering of the Catastrophe Administration Authority was held on Friday evening to take inventory of the preparedness, stated a state official.
The BMC on Saturday afternoon, too, held a gathering with its 24 ward officers, police, NDRF, coast guard, MMRDA and MSEB. All companies have been requested to be on excessive alert. Three NDRF groups with 45 personnel every will probably be deployed.
With an anticipated wind velocity of as much as 80kmph, the BMC directed all giant hoardings within the metropolis both be secured firmly or pulled down. In case of building websites, tower cranes have to be introduced down, and barricades at street work and Metro work websites have to be secured to keep away from any untoward incident, if any construction comes crashing on account of gusty winds.
The BMC stated a choice on whether or not to cease visitors on the Bandra Worli-sea hyperlink can be taken relying on the climate state of affairs.
On Saturday, the BMC additionally positioned banners alongside the seafront asking individuals to avoid it. Bandra corporator Asif Zakeria stated, “Preparations for individuals dwelling in slums alongside the coast have been made in close by municipal faculties. For example, the households from Ganesh Nagar on Bandra Bandstand have been informed they might have to shift into Pali Municipal college or Fr Agnels, if wanted,” stated Zakeria.
Manish Walunju, assistant municipal commissioner of L Ward, stated they’re on alert in case evacuation is required in low-lying areas corresponding to Kranti Nagar in Kurla, and are additionally taking particular precautions there.
State energy utility agency MSEDCL is on excessive alert too. It’s all set to take care of uninterrupted energy provide. Additionally, an emergency plan has been made to revive energy provide instantly and work will probably be achieved on a war-footing, stated MSEDCL MD Vijay Singhal.
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