Pune, rains, India, Indian Army, Army, rainsThe Indian Army on Thursday rescued over 300 people stranded in Pune due to the incessant rains. According to an official statement by Indian Army’s Southern Command, the people were rescued by the five teams during the intervening night of September 25 and 26.

Till now, at least 12 persons have lost their lives in rain-related incidents after an intense spell of heavy showers pounded the city. In view of the incidents, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram has declared holiday for September 27 for colleges and schools in Pune city, Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli tehsil.

Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that state government was closely monitoring the situation.”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 and control room in continuous touch with Pune collector and PMC,” he tweeted.

According to the district administration, at least 150 houses have been damaged due to the sudden flow from upstream after excess water was discharged from Nazare Dam. Two more teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) have been deployed for flood rescue operations in the city – one team each at Katraj and Baramati.

Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram has declared a holiday in schools and colleges of Pune city, Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli Tehsils for Thursday.

Six people were killed in a wall collapse incident in Sahkarnagar area on Wednesday while one other body was found by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in a vehicle in a canal near Sinhagad road on Thursday morning. Among the seven deceased, one is a child.

Three teams of NDRF including one in Baramati and two others in city area have been deployed in the district of search and rescue operation.

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