India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra

At least 12 people have been killed and several are missing after heavy rain and flash floods in the district of Pune in Maharashtra state, western India on 25 September, 2019.

Five people died when a wall collapsed in the Sahakar Nagar area of the city of Pune. Around 150 homes were also damaged in the area. Five other victims died when buildings were washed away by flood waters in Khed-Shivapur. Schools and colleges in Pune district have been closed.

Of major concern are the low-lying areas of Baramati in Pune District following the release of water from the Nazare dam on the Karha river near Jejuri.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that 15,000 people have been evacuated from Baramati. He added that the “situation is fully under control and we are keeping close watch.”

The Chief Minister also said that 2 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Pune and 2 teams in Baramati, with one further team on the way. The Chief Minister said that “all necessary assistance was being provided in the affected areas.”

Local weather observers said that some areas of Pune recorded almost 140mm of rain in 24 hours to early 26 September.

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