Firefighters toil hard with 60 tree falling incidents in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 11 October 2019

Officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) on Thursday said that as a precautionary measure, they shifted 310 residents of Ambil Odha Vasahat to Sane Guruji School on Wednesday evening, following the heavy rainfall. Residents were provided medical and other facilities.

PUNE:  With over 60 incidents of tree felling in the city due to heavy rainfall in the city on Wednesday evening, officials of the Fire Fighting Department had to toil all night to clear the roads. The emergency control room of the department buzzed continuously for three to four hours. 

The rains caused traffic jams and water-logging in several parts of the city. A PMPML bus driver, Bandu Nivangune who was trapped in a PMPML bus after a tree fell on it on Tilak Road. He succumbed to injuries. 

Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Prashant Ranpise said only one casualty was reported in the incident. “We were getting calls every minute and our officers were deployed to various spots. There were multiple incidents of tree felling on Law College Road and Prabhat Road. People expect we should reach all the spots but we have to prioritise our tasks. People can come forward to help in such situations. We expect other departments also to help us in such situations,” added Ranpise.

The CFO said firefighters were working all night and were free by 11 am on Thursday. Tree felling was reported in Shivaji road, Warje, Karve Road, Navi Peth, Law College Road, Fergusson Colleg Road, Yerwada and other areas. Waterlogging on Karve Road, Prabhat Road, Deccan, Appa Balwant Chowk led to slow-moving traffic. Water gushed in many houses in Sahakar Nagar area.

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