Intense rainfall battered Pune.. 17 killed

At least 17 people were killed and four persons were missing in various incidents of flooding and wall collapses after intense rainfall battered Pune city and various other parts of the district. Nearly 16,000 people, including some stuck on rooftops and trees, were rescued. Schools and colleges in various tehsils of Pune declared a holiday on Thursday in view of the deluge.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was pained to know about the loss of lives due to heavy rains in Pune. He said teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the city and Baramati tehsil, and all necessary assistance was being provided in the affected areas.

“My deepest condolences to the families. We are providing all possible assistance needed. State disaster management officials and the control room in continuous touch with the Pune collector and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),” he said in a tweet.

“2 NDRF teams are deployed in Pune & 2 in Baramati. One more NDRF team is on way to Baramati. State Government is also closely monitoring the dam discharge (sic),” he added.

Five people — who were sleeping at a dargah in Khed-Shivapur village, located on the Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway — were washed away after the heavy downpour, superintendent of police Sandip Patil said.

Also, 12 people, including five women, lost their lives in various other rain-related incidents. Of these, five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in wall collapse incidents in the flooded Aranyeshwar area, chief fire officer Prashant Ranpise said.

Besides, more than 500 people stranded in low-lying areas of the city were also rescued, Mr Ranpise said. Water-logging was reported in Sinhgad Road, Dhana-kwadi, Balajinagar, Amb-egaon, Sahakar Nagar, Parvati, Kolhewadi and Kirkatwadi, he added.

The Army also rescued another 300 people, including some stranded on rooftops of their houses and on trees, from Solapur road area, a defence spokesperson said.

“The rain stopped on Thursday morning, but many houses and residential societies in low-lying areas were still inundated. There were several reports of wall collapses and uprooting of trees in those places,” another official said, adding that several vehicles were also swept away in the floodwaters.

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