Mumbai, Jul 25: Mumbai on Friday, Jul 24 saw what is now being labeled as the century's highest tide. Many areas of the country's financial capital was hit by tidal waves 5.5 metres high.
City authorities issued advance warnings to the people and evacuated residents from the low lying areas. While the people from coastal areas were evacuated from Wednesday, Jul 22, about 4,000 people were shifted to safer locations on Friday, Jul 24 itself.
There were no causalities reported and the residents returned home only after the sea water started receding by 6:00 pm.
High Tide started at around 2 in the afternoon. And according to the weather bureau the waters were to ebb at around 8 pm when it was to reach the lowest level of 0.77 metre.
People in high raised building facing the Arabian Sea crowded the balcony to see the spectacle as Huge waves crashed onto the retaining walls at Nariman Point, Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli Seaface, Bandra Bandstand, Juhu, Versova, Marve, Gorai, Bhandup and Vikhroli.
The high tides were caused by a combination of the monsoon and the strong gravitational pull of the moon. This happened two days after new moon and the century's longest solar eclipse on Wednesday, Jul 22.