INCESSANT AND heavy rains in various parts of Pune district since the early hours on Wednesday resulted in instances of landslides leading to closure of roads, localised flooding and damages to paddy crop at some places, Pune district administration and rural police said.
There’s has been no loss of life owing to the rain-related incidents, officials said. The Pune district administration said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Thursday for Pune district. Medium-heavy and sporadic rainfall has been predicted across Pune district for Friday and Saturday respectively, the district administration said.
From the early hours on Thursday, very heavy rainfall was reported from Mulshi, Bhor, Mawal and Velha talukas of the district. Heavy rainfall was reported from Junnar, Khed and Ambegaon talukas. No casualties were reported.
As per the information given by the Pune district administration and Pune rural police, sudden displacement of mass of soil and rocks in hilly areas and ghat sections led to the landslides that resulted in closure of roads at three places – Mauje Koltawade in Ambegaon, Varandha Ghat in Bhor and Apte Ghewande in Mawal.
Closure of low-lying bridges due to overflowing water was reported from Dhamane, Vadiwale, Mauje Pimpri and Mauje Chandkhed in Mawal. Localised flooding was reported from several places in Ambegaon and at Malawali near Lonavala. Some people stranded at a commune in Malavali were safely evacuated by local police and the district administration.
Damage to paddy crop was reported from Kharoshi, Bhivegaon, Shendurli, Mandoshi and Pabhe in Khed taluka and at Kolchafesar and Morve in Mawal taluka.
On the backdrop of prediction of heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and some areas in western Maharashtra, the Pune-headquartered 5th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has prepositioned eight teams in coastal areas, including Mumbai, and two more in flood prone areas of Kolhapur district. Ten more teams are on stand-by at the NDRF headquarters in Pune, officials said.