Flood toll now 40 in Pune division
Water level will take 2-3 days to go below danger mark in Sangli and Kolhapur
Pune: Although the flood situation in Kolhapur and Sangli is showing signs of improvement, officials of the district administration on Sunday said that it would take another two to three days for the water level to go below the danger mark, considering there is not much rainfall in the region.
Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar, while addressing a press meet, said that the danger mark in Kolhapur is at 43 feet and the current water level is at 49 feet.
“Similarly, in Sangli, the danger level is 45 feet and the current water level is 53 feet. As expected, we had asked for the discharge of water from Almatti Dam at 5.3 lakh cusecs and the discharge level has reached the expected rate. But now, the inflow in the dam has also increased and reached 6.45 lakh cusecs. Hence, the water level in Kolhapur and Sangli will take more time to recede,” added Mhaisekar.
Speaking on the condition of Pune-Bengaluru highway, which is yet to be operational due to floods, Mhaisekar said that people will have to wait till the flood water recedes for the highway to be operational.
“On Sunday, a truck carrying relief material reached Kolhapur via road. However, for other vehicles, it is yet to be made operational. Till date, the number of rescued persons has reached 4.41 lakh with about 2.45 lakh rescued in Kolhapur, 1.58 lakh in Sangli, 10,486 in Satara,” added Mhaisekar.
The Divisional Commissioner also said that the floods have claimed 40 lives till now in Pune division with 19 persons dead in Sangli. Officials said that 6 persons are still missing in Pune division.
The administration is operating more than 500 rescue camps and the Divisional Commissioner has asked to disburse Rs 5,000 in cash to the affected people and remaining Rs 5,000 to be deposited in bank accounts of affected people.
Speaking on the conditions of roads and bridges in Pune division, Mhaisekar said that about 163 roads are submerged in water along with 79 bridges affecting the connectivity of villages. The Divisional Commissioner also said that government departments are working to restore water supply, electric supply and sanitation workers are also deployed in the region along with officials of the health department.
A team comprising 85 persons including one regional and five health inspectors, and others left from Pune to Sangli to carry out the sanitation work in the area. Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations are also providing logistic support to Sangli and Kolhapur to assist them in sanitation activity.