Kolhapur, Aug 6 : Torrential rains continued to pound this district of Maharashtra on Tuesday leading to swelling of rivers and submergence of 107 bandharas (weirs).
District Collector Daulat Desai has announced closure of schools and colleges across the district on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has directed district administration to close the Pune-Bangalore National Highway after midnight following waterlogging at Shiroli MIDC.
Vehicular traffic to Belgaum and Satara was suspended from after midnight. National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) teams are carrying out rescue operations at Chikhali and Shirol. The teams are evacuating people stuck there.
The district administration has evacuated as many as 7,293 people of the total 1,500 families from more than 60 villages in the district along with from city areas.
Power supply to 46,000 consumers was suspended while drinking water supply to the city has been stopped for the next three to four days as pumping station in Bslinga village is submerged.
Automated gates of Radhanagri dam remained open and total 17,400 cusec water was discharging in the bed of rivers rising the water level of Panchganga to 51.3 ft.
As may as 63 main roads, including 21 main state highways, 42 main district roads and five national highways including Ratnagiri, Gaganbavda, Gargoti, Sangli and Pune-Bangalire, were closed for vehicular traffic.
In neighbouring Sangli district, following discharge of water from Koyana and Warna irrigation dams, water level of Krushna and Warna rivers increased worsening the flood situation.
More than 10,000 people living in the city were relocated to safer places. The water level of Krushna river has reached 49.9 feet. (UNI)