Deluge in Pune After Heavy Rains; 18 Killed, Nearly 16,000 Rescued

Five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in wall collapse incidents on Wednesday night. 

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Residents look at the vehicles that got washed away in floodwater following heavy rains, at Sahakar Nagar locality in Pune, on Wednesday, 25 September  2019.  
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At least 18 people were killed in various incidents of flooding and wall collapse after intense rainfall battered Maharashtra's Pune city and various other parts of the district, ANI reported on Friday, 27 September. Seven people are still missing.

Nearly 16,000 people, including some stuck on rooftops and trees, were rescued from Pune city and other parts of the district, the officials said, according to PTI.

Schools and colleges in various tehsils of Pune declared a holiday on Thursday in view of the deluge.

Five people sleeping at a dargah in Khed-Shivapur village, located on the Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway, were washed away after the heavy downpour, Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said, according to PTI.

Besides, 12 people, including five women, lost their lives in various other rain-related incidents.

Of these, five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in incidents of wall collapse in the flooded Aranyeshwar area, chief fire officer Prashant Ranpise said.

One person was found dead near a school in an inundated locality in Sahakar Nagar while body of a 52-year- old man was found in a car washed away near Sinhgad road.

Another person was found dead in his car near Katraj, while two others were washed away in Parvati area, he said.

According to police, two other persons also lost their lives in the deluge.

Four persons - two in the city and as many in Purandar tehsil - were reported missing, they said.

“Over 15,000 people from low-lying areas in Baramati were shifted to safer places after water was released from Nazare dam, built on the Karha river near Jejuri.”
Sandip Patil, Superintendent of Police

Besides, more than 500 people stranded in low-lying areas of the city were also rescued, Ranpise said.

The Army also rescued another 300 people, including some stranded on rooftops of their houses and on trees, from Solapur road area, a defence spokesperson said.

"Rain stopped on Thursday morning, but many houses and residential societies in low-lying areas were still inundated. There were several reports of wall collapse and uprooting of trees in those places," another official said, adding that several vehicles were also swept away in the flood waters.

CM Devendra Fadnavis Expresses Condolences

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was pained to know about the loss of lives due to heavy rains in Pune.

"...My deepest condolences to the families. We are providing all possible assistance needed. State disaster management officials and control room in continuous touch with Pune collector and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)," he said in a tweet.

He said teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the city and Baramati tehsil, and all necessary assistance was being provided in the affected areas.

“State disaster management officials and control room are in continuous touch with Pune collector and Municipal Corporation. Two NDRF teams are deployed in Pune and two in Baramati. One more NDRF team is on way to Baramati. The state government is also closely monitoring the dam discharge.”
Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM

A number of low-lying areas in and around Pune were flooded after heavy showers lashed the city on Wednesday.

Water-logging was reported in Sinhgad Road, Dhanakwadi, Balajinagar, Ambegaon, Sahakar Nagar, Parvati, Kolhewadi and Kirkatwadi, Ranpise said.

(With input from ANI and PTI.)

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