17 dead as rains lash  Pune

17 dead as rains lash  Pune


At least 17 people were killed in separate incidents in Pune after heavy rains battered the Maharashtra information technology hub on Wednesday night.

The NDRF and state disaster management teams have rescued over 16,00 from different parts of the city so far. Although rains have stopped, several low-lying areas continue to be inundated. The city is likely to receive fresh spell of rains in the coming days with the next 48 hours being tagged as extremely crucial.

On Wednesday, several low-lying areas the city were flooded, throwing normal life out of gear. Water-logging was reported in Sinhgad Road, Dhanakwadi, Balajinagar, Ambegaon, Sahakar Nagar, Parvati, Kolhewadi and Kirkatwadi. In view of the bad weather, the Pune administration has declared holiday on Thursday in all schools and colleges in Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli tehsil.

Also, the Pune University has declared holiday for all its affiliated schools and colleges. More than six people were killed after a wall collapsed in Sahakar Nagar area following heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

Fire Brigade chief Mr. Prashant Ranpise, said that officials are helping the people stranded in flooded areas. In Kshitij Society of Bibwewadi region, a tree collapsed on parked vehicles causing heavy damages. In Hinjewadi and Wakad, rains caused heavy traffic jam in the evening. Several commuters including employees of major IT companies were left stranded for hours.