27 dead, two lakh evacuated after unabated rains hit Western Maharashtra
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducting rescue operations in Kolhapur. (Image: ANI)

More than two lakh people have been evacuated and relentless rains have left 27 dead in the state in Maharashtra 

“27 people died due to floods in 5 district of Pune division in Maharashtra.

More than 2 lakh people have been evacuated to safe places till now from 3 districts including Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara,” said Deepak Mhaisekar, Divisional Commissioner, Pune Division.

People have been evacuated in Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli; that have seen been the most affected districts in the state.

Amid flood-like situation in the state, 12 rescue teams of Indian Navy were deployed in Sangli district in addition to the teams already deployed in Kolhapur.

The rescue teams left for Sangli last night by road after airlift was aborted due to unfavorable weather conditions in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.

According to latest reports, water levels have gone down in Kolhapur but fresh rains may again lead to havoc as more than 100 are still to be evacuated.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday took an aerial survey and the stock of flood situation in Kolhapur, Sangli & Satara with other state ministers.

CM Fadnavis later announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of those who lost their lives in the Sangli boat capsize accident.

According to morning reports, Maharashtra is also expected to release more water from dams of Krishna & Bhima rivers.

Bijapur & Bagalkot districts will be affected as the gates opened. Several districts in the Western Maharashtra are inundated by floodwaters.

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