On Wednesday, September 25, Pune witnessed incessant rains which waterlogged large areas of the city. As a result, the Katraj tunnel suffered a landslide. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been dispatched to conduct rescue operations in the city. As the rainfall increased in the catchment area, discharge from the Khadakwasala dam is estimated to reach up to 9416 cusecs on September 26. Seven people have been reported to be dead so far.
The continuous downpour ended up being a nuisance for the people as they found it difficult to commute to several parts of the city. Areas like Sahakarnagar, Parvati, Satara road stretch and Balajinagar have known to be severely affected with residents stating that several roads have been blocked in the area. As a consequence of the rains, instances of traffic jam and roadblocks have increased as well. Power has been reportedly cut off from several places. Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector has declared a holiday in schools and colleges across the city.
Maharashtra: Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram declares holiday today in all schools and colleges of Pune city, Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli tehsil of Pune district, following heavy rain in the region.— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2019
Three teams are deployed from five NDRF to conduct search and rescue operations. The teams deployed are at Katraj where the wall has collapsed. Another team is deployed under the supervision of Sh. Alok Kumar, DC deployed near Corporation office. The third team is positioned at Baramati for flood rescue operation under the command of Insp. Rajendra Patil. The body of a victim stuck in a car was recovered near a canal in Pune. Fire Brigade personnel are further helping the people stranded in flooded areas.
Maharashtra: Body of a person has been recovered from a vehicle in a canal near Sinhagad road in Pune. Total number of deaths in the district, due to flood, rises to six. pic.twitter.com/waUgtx8Jgb— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2019