Is this over-reacting or being prudent?
In a detailed travel advisory Monday to Americans visiting the city during the ongoing monsoons, the consulate said that there is heavy possibility of flooding, especially on 13 days.
The dates, which the Americans are supposed to watch out for and exercise extreme caution, are July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 when the high tides could throw up waves upto 4.84 metres high; Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 30, 31, when the high tide waves could cross 4.80 metres; and Sep 1, when the waves could measure 4.58 metres.
Timings of the high tides and water levels have been given for each day and Americans have been advised to check local weather reports for updates.
The consulate pointed out that during monsoons, there is the possibility of flooding and heavy rain accompanied by wind could have the same intensity as a tropical storm. It pointed out that the rain had led to loss of lives in July 2005.
Maybe they should deploy more staff to sort out visa backlogs instead of such studies.