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Ma­ha­rash­tra flood sit­u­a­tion im­proves as wa­ter lev­els re­cede

Death toll in four worst-hit dis­tricts rises to 43; re­lief, res­cue oper­a­tions on in full swing

- PTI/ JIG­NESH MISTRY Disasters · Maharashtra · Pune · New Hampshire · Kerala · Sangli · Satara · Belgaum · Malappuram · Kozhikode district

The flood sit­u­a­tion in western Ma­ha­rash­tra has im­proved with the wa­ter lev­els of two cru­cial rivers in the worst-hit San­gli and Kol­ha­pur dis­tricts re­ced­ing on Mon­day and re­lief and res­cue oper­a­tions go­ing on in full swing.

The death toll due to flood and rain-re­lated in­ci­dents in San­gli, Kol­ha­pur, Satara, Pune and So­la­pur dis­tricts in the last eight days has risen to 43 with re­cov­ery of three bod­ies while three per­sons are still miss­ing, a se­nior of­fi­cer said on Mon­day.

San­gli alone has re­ported 21 deaths, fol­lowed by Kol­ha­pur, Satara and Pune.

Mean­while, in a re­lief to truck­ers and mo­torists, the Mum­baiBen­galuru Na­tional High­way (NH-4), which was closed since the last six days due to flood­ing, was par­tially opened for traf­fic in Kol­ha­pur dis­trict af­ter the wa­ter re­ceded.

The ef­forts of the ad­min­is­tra­tion to bring back the sit­u­a­tion to nor­mal re­ceived a boost with the wa­ter lev­els of the Kr­ishna and Panch­ganga rivers in San­gli and Kol­ha­pur, re­spec­tively, com­ing down fur­ther, and rains tak­ing a break. How­ever, the rivers are still flow­ing above the dan­ger mark.

Pune Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner Deepak Mhaisekar said that 1,070 jawans of var­i­ous agen­cies are car­ry­ing out res­cue and re­lief oper­a­tions with the help of 164 boats in the af­fected ar­eas.

“Of the 43 deaths, San­gli dis­trict alone has re­ported 21 deaths fol­lowed by Kol­ha­pur, Satara and Pune re­port­ing seven deaths each while one per­son has died in So­la­pur dis­trict. Be­sides, one per­son each is miss­ing in Kol­ha­pur, San­gli and Satara dis­tricts,” said Mhaisekar.

He said the wa­ter level of the Kr­ishna river at the Irwin bridge in San­gli was recorded at 50.01 feet this af­ter­noon against the dan­ger level of 45 feet.

How­ever, de­spite wa­ter lev­els go­ing down, 147 roads still re­mained closed for traf­fic as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure in Kol­ha­pur, San­gli, Satara, Pune and So­la­pur, Mhaisekar added.

Af­ter the del­uge

A view of a flooded area in Kol­ha­pur dis­trict on Mon­day; (right) Eight days af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing flood in San­gli city, res­i­dents have started clean­ing up

He said the Koyna dam in Satara dis­trict, which has the wa­ter stor­age ca­pac­ity at 105 TMC, cur­rently has 102 TMC wa­ter.

“Com­pared to the wa­ter in­flow of 44,357 cusec, the wa­ter dis­charge from the Koyna dam is be­ing main­tained at 53,882 cusec. The wa­ter in­flow in the Al­matti dam in Kar­nataka bor­der­ing Kol­ha­pur is 6,11,667 cusec as against the dis­charge of 5,70,000 cusec,” said Mhaisekar.

Kol­ha­pur and San­gli dis­tricts

have been bat­tling un­prece­dented floods since the last eight days. The floods were trig­gered by huge re­lease of wa­ter from dams in western Ma­ha­rash­tra and from Al­matti, caus­ing largescale de­struc­tion and dis­place­ment of over four lakh peo­ple.

As many as 761 vil­lages in 69 talukas have been af­fected by floods.

Mean­while, traf­fic move­ment was al­lowed be­tween Kol­ha­pur and Bel­gaum in Kar­nataka through one lane on Shi­roli bridge of the six-lane

NH-4 where thou­sands of ve­hi­cles were stuck since last week af­ter it sub­merged in flood wa­ters.

Death toll in Ker­ala rises

With rains sub­sid­ing in many parts of Ker­ala, search oper­a­tions are on in land­slide-hit Kavalap­para and Puthu­mala in Malap­pu­ram and Wayanad dis­tricts, as the toll in the mon­soon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh peo­ple have sought refuge in re­lief camps.

The toll is ex­pected to go up as 50 peo­ple are

Malap­pu­ram.

There is no ‘red alert’ of tor­ren­tial rains for any of the 14 dis­tricts on Tues­day, but “or­ange alert” has been is­sued for six dis­tricts.

The north­ern dis­tricts of Malap­pu­ram, Wayanad and Kozhikode, and Idukki in cen­tral Ker­ala were the worst hit in the tor­ren­tial rains.

Malap­pu­ram was rocked by a se­ries of land­slips trig­gered by heavy rain since Au­gust 8 at Kavalap­para and Kot­takunnu in which 24 peo­ple have died.

With the re­cov­ery of more bod­ies, in­clud­ing 24 from Malap­pu­ram, 17 from Kozhikode and 12 from Wayanad since Au­gust 8, the toll has gone up to 76.

In Malap­pu­ram, 59,351 peo­ple have been lodged in 240 camps.

In neigh­bour­ing Wayanad, which was also rocked by a mas­sive land­slide at Puthu­mala, 12 peo­ple have lost their lives and seven are still miss­ing.

In the 212 re­lief camps in the dis­trict over 35,000 peo­ple have taken shel­ter, an of­fi­cial re­lease said.

In Kozhikode dis­trict, 17 deaths have been re­ported and over 60,000 peo­ple shifted to 209 camps. still miss­ing in

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