At least 12 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Pune after unusually heavy downpour lashed the city since late Wednesday night. The rainfall stopped in the early morning hours on Thursday.
12 deaths have been confirmed so far by police and district administration- seven from Pune city and five from adjoining villages. Police said that search operation is on for four missing persons.
Schools and colleges in the city will remain closed on Thursday, as reported by news agency ANI. District Collector of Pune Navalkishore Ram ordered school closure in Pune and adjoining areas of Purandar, Bhor, Baramati and Haveli.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the deaths and said that the state is providing all possible assistance needed.
In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, Fadnavis said, “2 NDRF teams are deployed in Pune and 2 in Baramati, state government is also closely monitoring the dam discharge.”
Reports say that rescue teams recovered the bodies from three different areas of the city. Five bodies were recovered from the Parvati-Aranyeshwar area, one body was found inside a car which was found floating in floodwater on Singhnad Road and another was found in a canal in Sahakarnagar.
The fire brigade officials said that five people died when a compound wall collapsed in the Tangewali colony. The water overflowing from a nearby canal caused the wall to collapse. The officials said that at least 3-4 people are still missing in the incident.
At least three more incidents of wall collapse were reported since the late hours of Wednesday night, from Camp, Kothrud and Katraj areas.