Death toll reaches 43 in Pune Div

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Officials of the district administration on Monday said that the death toll on Monday after floods in Pune division has reached 43. As the water started receding, the administration ordered re-opening of eight bridges in Sangli and five in Kolhapur. 

Pune : Officials of the district administration on Monday said that the death toll on Monday after floods in Pune division has reached 43. As the water started receding, the administration ordered re-opening of eight bridges in Sangli and five in Kolhapur. 

Officials also said that the Mumbai-Bengaluru national highway which is closed due to waterlogging for last six days, is likely to open soon. Although, the water level is yet to decrease below the danger mark, officials said that as the rainfall has reduced in the area and a continuous discharge of water from Almatti dam in Karnataka has brought down the water level of the Panchganga river in Kolhapur. 

The discharge from Almatti dam has been increased to 5.7 lakh cusecs and the inflow in the dam is 6.1 lakh cusecs. Officials said that 54 rescue teams are deployed in Kolhapur, 51 teams are working in Sangli. Nearly 4.74 lakh people were so far evacuated from flood-hit areas across the state, including 4.32 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli. 

Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said that 80 medical teams in Sangli, 150 in Kolhapur and 72 in Satara districts are currently working in these areas. About 58 roads are closed in Sangli district and 77 in Kolhapur district. Officials said that 29 bridges in Sangli and 33 bridges in Kolhapur are still submerged in water.  About 46 villages in Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur districts are disconnected due to waterlogging, affecting about 78,000 people. 

Officials further said that they have asked respective banks to repair damage ATMs as nearly 334 ATMs in flood-affected areas are non-functional. They also said that the focus is now on helping people in bringing their lives back to normal including electricity, water, fuel and supply of essential commodities. 

Relief teams at work

  • As on date, more than 3,000 army personnel have been deployed for flood relief and rescue operations in 15 districts of the four affected states. A total of approximately 35,000 persons have been rescued /evacuated in the four states. 
  • A total of 21 Relief Teams which were providing assistance to the flood-affected persons of Kolhapur and Sangli in Maharashtra are being de-requisitioned as the situation is coming back to normal. 48 Relief Teams continue to provide flood relief in Karnataka as the situation is steadily improving. In Kerala, 34 Relief Teams have been employed for flood relief in Allepy, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur and Kozhikode districts.
     

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