Over 1.32 lakh people have been shifted to safer places in western Maharashtra

In the wake of the heavy rainfall throughout Maharashtra, around 1.32 lakh people have been shifted. Alongside, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled his 'Maha Janadesh Yatra', a month-long programme ahead of elections in the state


Months after being strangled by drought, Maharashtra is now staring at a severe flood situation, especially in its western districts. More than 1.32 lakh people have been shifted to safer areas after the western part of the state has been grappled by the floodwaters that have inundated numerous towns and villages, majorly in Kolhapur and Sangli on Wednesday. 

On the other hand, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled his 'Maha Janadesh Yatra', a month-long programme prior to the state elections. After which, CM Fadnavis held a meeting in Mumbai to review the situation along with other senior leaders like Eknath Shinde, Ramdas Kadam, Girish Mahajan, and Chandrakant Patil.

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Meanwhile, according to ANI reports, 16 deaths in rain-and-flood-related incidents have been reported from western Maharashtra so far in the last seven days. Accordingly, over 53,000 people from Sangli and 51,000 people from Kolhapur have been evacuated. Solapur too has been hit by the floods, 2,500 people from the temple town have been moved to safer places.

On the other hand, CM Fadnavis also had to deal with complaints from his counterpart in Karnataka over the release of excess water from the Koyna Dam in western Maharashtra.

So far, 342 bridges are said to have gone underwater and have been closed for vehicles whereas around 30 state highways and 56 roads have been shut to prevent accidents. The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway also has witnessed a  rise in the water levels in several stretches.

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