Incessant rains wreaked havoc in Pune killing at least 17 people in different incidents and displacing as many as 16,000 people while four persons were reported missing on Thursday.

Pune witnessed heavy flooding due to incessant rains that lashed the city. Various instances of wall collapse were reported from different locations.

A day after receiving extremely heavy rainfall, the excess water was released from Nazare Dam which flooded the region on Thursday. National Disaster Response Forces were deployed to conduct the rescue operations.

Nearly 16,000 people were rescued by authorities who were stranded in different locations including rooftops and trees.

According to the assessment of district administration, at least 150 houses were damaged. Over 28,000 people were evacuated in Baramati due to excess flow of water after the discharge from Nazare Dam.

Severe water-logging was experienced in several areas including Sinhgad Road, Dhanakwadi, Balajinagar, Ambegaon, Sahakar Nagar, Parvati, Kolhewadi and Kirkatwadi areas.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the deaths and assured citizens that the government will take all measures to minimize the casualties.

“Pained to know about the loss of lives in and around Pune due to heavy rains. 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,” wrote the Chief Minister on Twitter.

 

On the other hand, opposition parties slammed the Maharashtra government for lag in preparedness for such disasters. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik accused the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of being busy with polls and neglecting governance.

District Magistrate Naval Kishore Ram directed the closure of schools and colleges in the region until the flood situation subsides.

The Indian Meteorological department (IMD) predicted more rains in the next two days.

 

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