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Is South Mumbai at Cyclone risk? Author Amitav Ghosh warns Mumbaikars of the imminent disaster
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Is South Mumbai at Cyclone risk? Author Amitav Ghosh warns Mumbaikars of the imminent disaster

Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh has been writing and warning people of the impending climate change that may catch Mumbai and its people off guard.

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh

Cyclone Fani has hit Odisha and has devastated the southern state, now the cyclone has moved towards West Bengal to wreak havoc and remind people that nature indeed is extremely strong. The cyclone that originated in the Bay of Bengal is fiercer than any cyclone Odisha has seen in the past 20 years. And if the weather and atmospheric conditions remain the same, Mumbai could very soon have a devastating cyclone.

Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh has been writing and warning people of the impending climate change that may catch Mumbai and its people off guard.

To say that Mumbai is overcrowded will be an understatement, with so many people migrating to the city of dreams the density of Mumbai is off the charts. With such a high population density and every inch of it occupied, the threat has become very real. Amitav urges people to realize the kind of effect even a small cyclone can have on the city, let alone something as terrible as Fani.

Ghosh has been very active on social media, making sure that his voice and the plight of hundreds of people is heard across all platforms. The author even in his book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, warns of the said threat.

The uptick in cyclonic activity in the Arabian Sea is so recent that there has yet been no need for large scale evacuations on the subcontinent’s west coast. Whether such evacuations could be organized is an open question. Mumbai has been lucky not to have been hit by a major storm in more than a century”: an excerpt from his book read.

The Fact is

Mumbai has been lucky in the past, it has been extremely lucky. But if we take in account the climatic change and the emergency like situation that has risen in the world, with the temperatures rising and the glaciers melting, Mumbai is awaiting its reckoning.

It is true that the efforts of Odisha government have been highly acclaimed and they have done a laud worthy job to evacuate the coastal region. Yet, if it comes down to Mumbai the poorly planned city will have to suffer severe repercussions.