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Ganesh Festival: BMC urges people to stay cautious of jelly fish sting while visiting beach for immersions

WITH several people heading towards the sea for idol immersion during Ganesh festival, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp-oration (BMC) on Wednesday appealed to the citizens for being careful of Blue Button Jelly Fish and Stingray which are found at the coastline at this time.

The Blue Button Jelly Fish is a marine organism that are found in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Their tentacles have stinging ends which cause irritation when it gets in touch with human skin. Meanwhile, Stingrays are a classification of jawed fish which has a long whip-like tails equipped with barbed spinal blades. When swimmers or walkers accidentally step on a Stingray, it attacks them with the tail as a defence mechanism.

Earlier on August 13, six persons including three minors were injured after they were stung by jelly fish and stingrays. The victims were admitted to Cooper Hospital, from where they were discharged after treatment.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the BMC has asked devotees visiting the beach to enter the water only by wearing gumboots. The civic officials also said that ward officials have been instructed to monitor the beaches at Juhu, Versova, Madh, Gorai and Dadar so that the spots where the species could be seen in clusters could be identified and marked to keep devotees away from that spot.

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“The BMC is being guided by the experts and scientists from fisheries department and we have also set up health camps in the beaches of the city,” said civic officials. The BMC officials maintained that a jelly-fish or stingray bite is usually itchy and whenever people have such kind of burning sensation they should seek medical support immediately.

Meanwhile, till 9 pm on Wednesday, a total of 38,415 idols were immersed in Mumbai, out of which 38,319 were household idols, while 96 were Sarvajanik.

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Also, 17,175 idols were immersed in artificial lakes, out of which 17,126 were household idols, while 49 were Sarvajanik.

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