30 homes washed away by deluge on Sinhagad Road  

ST Correspondent
Friday, 28 September 2018

Chief Fire Officer Prashant Ranpise, who was present at the spot, said that officials reaching the spot on time helped in rescuing people. “However, as flow of water was high it led to loss of property including vehicles,” added Ranpise. The situation was brought under control by around 3 pm and water released from the Khadakwasla dam was stopped. 

Pune: Over 30 homes were washed away and other 400 were submerged following the Mutha canal wall collapse near Dandekar Bridge on Thursday. The incident occurred at around 11 am when a sudden burst of  water overflowing from the canal after the wall collapse caused area near the Dandekar Bridge slums to go under water. Traffic in the area was shut down, causing further inconvenience to people staying in the area. Fortunately, no untoward incident was reported.  

Immediately after the incident, police officials, traffic police, officials from the fire brigade and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) rushed to the spot to rescue people. 

As peoples’ homes were completely submerged and some of the homes were washed away, police officials and fire department with the help of locals rescued senior citizens, children, women who were stuck in the area. Police officials and firefighters rescued people which helped in preventing people from getting washed away in the rushing waters. The water in the canal flows at 1,200 cusecs.

Chief Fire Officer Prashant Ranpise, who was present at the spot, said that officials reaching the spot on time helped in rescuing people. “However, as flow of water was high it led to loss of property including vehicles,” added Ranpise. The situation was brought under control by around 3 pm and water released from the Khadakwasla dam was stopped. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police Tejaswi Satpute said that 80 police officials were pressed in to service to regulated the traffic. 

An eye witness Sudha Gaikwad said that the sudden flow of water in her home left her helpless and she just managed to save herself. “Everything in my home is damaged now as it is submerged in water. I was not feeling well and so had brought medicines from doctor. All these medicines got washed away,” added Gaikwad.

Another eye witness Lakshmi Dhere told Sakal Times that the water level reached to four feet high in her home which has damaged all electric appliances. After the water receded people were seen rushing back to their homes to look for their belongings which were either damaged or got washed away. Electric supply in the area was also affected after the incident.

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