At least 20 people were killed in various incidents of flooding and wall collapse after heavy rains in Maharashtra’s Pune district.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted his condolences and said 15,000 people had been evacuated in the city of Baramati.
The chief minister said teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the city and Baramati tehsil, and all necessary assistance was being provided in the affected areas. Schools and colleges in various tehsils of Pune declared a holiday on Thursday in view of the deluge.
Five people sleeping at a dargah in Khed-Shivapur village, located on the Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway, were washed away after the heavy downpour, senior police official Sandip Patil said, adding that two persons from Purandar area were reported missing.
Besides, five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in incidents of wall collapse in the flooded Aranyeshwar area, chief fire officer Prashant Ranpise said.
Fadnavis also tweeted that 2 NDRF teams were deployed in Pune and 2 in Baramati.