Netizens alarmed as Cyclone Tauktae throws up sea garbage on Mumbai beaches

Cyclone Tauktae fury trends on Twitter as netizens share pictures of 'garbage-dump' beaches in Mumbai

While the Tauktae storm has crossed the Mumbai coastline, its aftermath continues to rake upheaval across the city. After the falling of several trees amid heavy rains and gusty winds, the sea too has coughed up its share of disaster. The choppy sea and high tides have washed the Mumbai beaches with heaps of garbage, raising alarms among netizens.

This clutter has brought attention to several issues at hand including climate change, waste management systems in Mumbai, water pollution and even the fury of Mother Nature!


Open drains in Mumbai take waste directly to the sea

Mumbai experienced the effects of cyclone Tauktae for three days and though the rains have subsided now, the city's fight against the natural calamity has taken a new course. The turbulent storm left tonnes of waste across the city shoreline in its wake, reportedly dumping over 62,000 kg of garbage at 7 beaches.

Activists have also pointed out this garbage has washed down from the open drains and nullahs across the city, directly into the sea and the southwestern monsoon winds have brought it back. An impactful way to prevent this flow of garbage from the roads to the sea is to ensure a proper drainage system in Mumbai.

The Twitterati too has exhibited both rage and sorrow on this observation. Users shared pictures of the trashy beaches, lined up piles of waste.

The pictures surfacing online are a testament that Mumbai not only needs a better solid waste management system and drainage pipelines but also strict laws against littering or polluting water bodies. People need to fight this battle on war footing and check themselves to prevent any such calamity in future.

Knock Knock

This is not just a knock, it is an alarm that should wake each citizen and encourage them to do their bit. Tauktae has slithered away from Mumbai but it has left a track of perils for the citizens to deal with. It is not the first time when the sea has returned garbage to the shore and it won't be the last if we remain ignorant about it. It is time that we pick our battles and fight them to sustain environmentally sound growth.

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