Sangli : 9 dead as rescue boat overturns near Bramhanal in Palus taluka

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Sangli, August 8, 2019 : Atleast 9 persons have died after a rescue boat overturned near Bramhanal village in Palus taluka of Sangli district (Maharashtra) on Thursday afternoon. The district has been flooded with water of Krishna river.

According to officials, the private boat was carrying 30 persons when it capsized. NDRF officials have reached the site and rescue work is going on.

Deepak Mhaisekar, Divisional Comissioner of Pune Division, confirmed that the boat with about 30 persons, overturned near Bramhanal in Palus block of Sangli district. So far, 9 bodies have been recovered, and 16 people have been rescued.

Sangli, Palus and Walwa taluka are flood-affected in the Sangli district. 53 thousand citizens have been moved. Residents of Mangalwedha and Malshiras taluka of Solapur district have to face flood situations. 2000 citizens of Pandharpur are moved to a safe location.

Systems should be on alert to provide clean drinking water, health services, and electricity as soon as the flood water dies down. Drinking water supply pipelines should be fixed in an emergency. Food, drinking water should be provided in tribal settlements in remote areas and flood relief camps. Provisions should be made to inform railway systems about rain and dam water release, CM Devendra Fadnavis had directed on Wednesday.

CM reviewed flood situations created in some districts due to heavy rainfall and relief and rescue work in progress by the related system in a meeting held at Sahyadri guest house. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Water Conservation Minister Girish Mahajan, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Subhash Deshmukh, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, Health Minister Eknath Shinde were present at the meeting.

CM communicated with district collectors of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Nashik, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg through video conferencing and took a review of the flood situation and relief operation.

22 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are deployed in Kolhapur. Chief Secretary has contacted Central Secretary and has demanded to move the residents of the flood-affected area through Dornier plane. District collector of Kolhapur told that related executions are in progress. 204 villages of Kolhapur district are flood-affected. The administration has moved 11 thousand citizens to a safe place. Navy Rescue team is also active now.

162 medical teams are actively providing health services in the flood-affected area in the state. Additional teams will be deployed if needed. Eknath Shinde told that there is enough medicine storage and directed health outfits to be alert. Average annual rainfall of the state is 1007 mm and it’s 685 mm extra than the average rainfall. It has rained 714.40 mm till now.

Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary of CM Bhushan Gagrani, Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation Department Kishor Raje Nimbalkar and other officers of Railway and various departments were present in the meeting.