Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, on Thursday said that Pune has received an unprecedented rainfall which has caused tremendous loss of life and property. He also said that around 15,000 people have been rescued and several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were deployed in Baramati and Pune. This comes after several low-lying areas in and around Pune witnessed heavy flooding after heavy rainfall lashed the district on Wednesday. The Maharashtra CM also tweeted that he was pained to know about the loss of lives and that the government will provide all the assistance needed.
CM Fadnavis, in his statement, said that, several people have been washed away in the floods and that few people have died due to a wall collapse. "Pune has received terrible rainfall, and due to this unprecedented rainfall, the low-lying areas of Pune have been flooded extremely which has caused tremendous loss. People have been washed away in the incident and due to a wall collapse, a few people have died. Rivers flowing towards Baramati have been flooded by over 4 times of their usual water level. Around 15,000 people have been rescued from this danger," the Maharashtra CM said.
He also added that the administrations of Pune and Baramati have been alerted and the government has been keeping a strict check on the situation. Fadnavis said, "However, loss of property and especially farms is expected in Baramati. The administration of Baramati has been alerted and teams of NDRF have been deployed to the region. Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil has been continuously in touch with me regarding the situation and I feel that the government is keeping a strict check on the situation and we'll surely meet all the necessities."
Pained to know about the loss of lives in and around Pune due to heavy rains.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 26, 2019
My deepest condolences to the families. We are providing all possible assistance needed.
State disaster management officials & control room in continuous touch with Pune collector and PMC.
At least 12 people were killed in separate incidents after heavy rainfall hit the city on Wednesday. Two NRDF teams have been deployed in Pune and in Baramati already. The rainfall has reduced and the water levels have also decreased in the city. However, schools and colleges remain shut in the city.