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BMC asks people to stay cautious of Jelly Fish sting while visiting beach for immersions

With so many people heading towards the sea for idol immersion, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (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 3 pm on Wednesday, a total of 717 Ganpati idols have been immersed, out of which 713 are Gharguti (household) idols, while four are Sarvajanik idols.

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Out of the total immersion that took place, 247 were in the artificial lakes, while the remaining idols were immersed in natural lakes and sea.

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