Jellyfish sting alert for beaches during visarjan

September 10, 2016 12:00 am | Updated September 22, 2016 06:22 pm IST - MUMBAI:

Civic authorities have issued a warning for jellyfish stings on the eve of prominent visarjans at the city’s beaches, and appealed to devotees to take precautions.

Scores of jellyfish were spotted by a Fisheries Department team during their pre-immersion surveys at Dadar Chowpatty on Thursday. As a precaution, civic authorities have appealed to devotees to refrain from entering the water at the Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu, Aksa, and Versova chowpattys. The BMC has appointed staff to carry out the immersions, and warning boards have been put up at immersion points.

“This is the breeding season for jellyfish, and colonies of jellyfish are found on the surface of the water or washed ashore. The sting causes severe itching and swelling. Medical teams with ambulances and necessary first aid are placed at all beaches,” said a civic official.

In the past, jellyfish attacks during immersions have been reported.

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