As many as 16 people were reported dead in the districts of Pune, Kohlapur and Sangli in the ongoing rain fury and subsequent flooding in Maharashtra state. Over 1.3 lakh people have been shifted to safer places in Western Maharashtra as the situation remains grim amid incessant rain.
A few districts in Western Maharashtra have been worst affected with 16 deaths reported over the last seven days from Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. To make matters worse, gates of the dam near Sangli will be opened to release excess water which could lead to more flooding downstream.
State Minister Chandrakant Patil rushed to Kolhapur on Wednesday and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also has plans to visit or do an aerial survey based on weather conditions.
The official data of the number of dead has not been compiled, he said, adding that such details are still emerging.
A total of 1.3 lakh people from 28,397 families have been evacuated from these districts, according to an official statement by Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar. As many as 22 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have been pressed into service. The Navy and Air Force have also joined the relief operations.
The Mumbai-Bangalore highway has been closed near Sangli and Satara. A government statement said Sangli received the most rainfall followed by Satara and Pune. All school, colleges remain closed in Sangli, Satara, and Kohlapur districts on Wednesday.
Several parts in Karnataka Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar and Assam have been hit by floods due to incessant rains in several parts of the state resulting in massive waterlogging.