Mumbai: In response to the ongoing heavy rains and a red alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the University of Mumbai has taken proactive measures to safeguard students' safety by cancelling all scheduled examinations across the city for today.
The decision was made to ensure the well-being of students and staff, with the university assuring that new examination dates will be announced later. An official statement from the university read, "The Head, University Departments, Director, Institute of Distance Learning, Director, Ratnagiri, Thane & Kalyan Sub Centre and the Principals of all affiliated Colleges in all Faculty concerned are hereby informed that the Tomorrow's Dates 27th July 2023 all examinations are postponed due to heavy rain and date will be announced later."
The incessant rains have also led to the closure of schools and colleges in Mumbai and its suburbs. Between 8 am and 4 pm, the city received 61.19 mm of rain, while the eastern and western suburbs saw 34.53 mm and 40.68 mm of rain, respectively. While the island city experienced sporadic heavy showers in the afternoon, the intensity of the rain was greater in the suburbs in the morning.
The BMC, in response to the IMD's red alert, has declared a holiday for all government and private schools and colleges for today (July 27). The civic commissioner and administrator of BMC, Iqbal Singh Chahal, urged citizens to stay alert, remain indoors, and follow instructions from the administration to ensure their safety.
Moreover, the University of Mumbai has also postponed 15 examinations scheduled for July 27, affecting students in affiliated colleges in Ratnagiri, Thane, and Kalyan sub-centre. In addition, the January semester exams for first- and second-year students of MU's Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IDOL) have been rescheduled.
The IMD has issued an "extremely heavy rainfall" warning (red alert) for Mumbai city and suburban areas from 8 pm on July 26 till the afternoon of July 27. The authorities are closely monitoring the weather situation, and the "red alert" indicates the potential for severe weather conditions, prompting precautionary measures.
With the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and citizens being of utmost concern, these measures were deemed necessary to avoid any potential risks associated with the heavy downpour. The authorities continue to emphasise citizens to remain indoors, stay alert, and adhere to the instructions provided.
Mumbai, known for its monsoons, must remain vigilant and prepared to handle any challenges that heavy rains may bring in the coming days. Citizens are advised to stay informed about further announcements and updates, as the need for precautionary measures is paramount during such critical weather events to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the city.
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