Nine people were killed after a lifeboat rolled over in the flood-stricken Sangli district of Maharashtra on Thursday. Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said the accident occurred near Brahmanal village in Palus tehsil when a private lifeboat carried about 30 to 32 people.
"Nine bodies have been found so far. About 14 to 15 people who fell from the boat after it overturned sailed to safety, ”MTI quoted Mhaisekar as saying. Police and disaster management officers are searching to track down the missing. The village of Brahmanal is situated on the bank of the river Krishna.
Maharashtra has been fighting floods that have claimed 16 lives and displaced 1.32 lakh people in the past week. The Kolhapur and Sangli regions are the hardest hit by the floods, and these roads are completely cut off. Both areas have been battered by rain over the past few days.
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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a warning of "extremely heavy rain" for the regions of Pune, Satara and Kolhapur in western Maharashtra on Thursday. For Sangli, the signal is only for light to moderate rain, the Met department said Wednesday night.
"Five districts in West Maharashtra are affected by floods and 16 people have lost their lives. The administration has moved a total of 1.32 lakh people to safer places, ”said Dilip Meisecar, Pune Divisional Commissioner. Navy teams reached Kolhapur from Goa to help lift the air with affected residents.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chairs a meeting with his cabinet and collectors from the affected areas in Mumbai on Wednesday to review the flood situation. Fadnavis asked the water department to regularly share information about the discharge from the dams with the railways and to immediately investigate the damage caused by crops in the flood affected areas.
The PTI news agency announced that there will be a decrease in rainfall in other parts of Maharashtra on 10 August and 11 August.
August 08, 2019 1:20 PM IST