Heavy rains put western Maharashtra on alert, rescue ops on
With the heavy rain in western Maharashtra and Konkan leading to shifting of 1.32 lakh people across nine districts, the state has directed local authorities to be on alert, requesting the Centre for additional assistance for rescue and relief.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis suspended his first phase of Maha Janadesh Yatra on Tuesday, and held an urgent meeting of group of ministers at Sahyadri guesthouse on Wednesday to review the flood situation. The CM said water in Karad has started to recede, but other parts of Satara such as Patan are still submerged. “Teams of NDRF, Navy and Army are engaged in the relief operation. We are in touch with the Karnataka government for discharge of water from Almatti and Koyana dams to prevent more damage,” he said.
Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad have been badly hit. Around 53,228 people from Sangli, 51,785 from Kolhapur, 300 from Raigad, 13,104 from Thane, 13,336 from Pune, 6,262 from Satara and 7,749 from Solapur district have been shifted.
The CM said departments have been directed to ensure supply of potable water, reconnection of electricity and health services. Fadnavis is expected to visit the flood-affected Kolhapur and Sangli on Thursday. The state has increased financial assistance to Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 for urban and rural areas for families with houses submerged for more than two days.
Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil and water resources minister Girish Mahajan visited the districts on Wednesday. Patil said, “We expect the rescue operation to completed soon.” Mahajan said with the downpour in catchment areas, water level in major dams is not receding. The CM has directed the district administration to conduct panchnamas for loss of lives and crops and release compensation soon.
Chief secretary Ajoy Mehta spoke to central agencies for more teams and Dornier aircraft. “Fourteen teams of NDRF are working with Navy and Army. We are expecting five more teams to join them,” said Kishorraje Nimbalkar, secretary, relief and rehabilitation department.