Port Blair, May 22: Andaman & Nicobar Islands are vulnerable to hydro-meteorological disasters which fall in cyclogeneses zone and cyclones form in the Andaman Sea in each year. Heavy monsoon rains cause localized flooding, which occurs regularly in low-lying locations.

Considering that the Southwest monsoon has already advanced into the A&N Islands, the Directorate of Disaster Management, A&N Administration has requested the general public to be prepared to save themselves from heavy rain, strong winds and probable flooding. The monsoon season can cause substantial damage to buildings, property, and infrastructure, but a few essential precautions can help reduce the impact. Here are some important tips to help preparing for the monsoon season:

Clear gutters and drains: Clogged gutters and drains can lead to water logging, so make sure to clear any debris from these areas before the monsoon season begins.

Inspect roof: Check roof for any damage or leaks, and make necessary repairs before the monsoon season arrives.

Secure outdoor items: High winds can turn outdoor furniture, grills, and other items into dangerous projectiles. Store these items in a safe, secure location or tie them down to prevent them from being blown away.

Have emergency supplies on hand: Make sure to have plenty of water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and other emergency supplies on hand in case of power outages or flooding.

Stay informed: Monitor local news and weather reports for updates on potential monsoon activity, and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary.

By taking these precautions, the general public may help ensure that everyone is ready for the monsoon season and limit the danger of damage and harm.