MUMBAI: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who reviewed flood situation and relief operations in Maharashtra on Tuesday, even as 1.32 lakh people have been moved to safer places. He put the state administration on alert to be able to provide clean drinking water, electricity and health services to the flood affected regions as soon as the flood waters recede.
He also communicated with district collectors of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Nashik, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg through video conferencing and reviewed the flood situation and relief operation. Twenty-two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Kolhapur. The state has requisitioned Dornier plane to shift residents to safer areas.
Flood situation in Kolhapur is worse with 204 villages affected. The administration has moved 11,000 citizens to a safe place. Navy rescue team is also active now, CM was told at the meeting.
Sangli, Palus and Walwa talukas are flood-affected in the Sangli district, where 53,000 citizens have been moved. Residents of Mangalwedha and Malshiras talukas of Solapur district too are facing flood situation. In Pandharpur 2000 people have been moved to a safe location. In Pune, 64 villages and the city itself is flood-affected and 3,343 people have been rescued. Wheat and rice were distributed in flood-relief camps. All dams in Pune district are filled to 100% to their capacity. In Raigad 8 talukas are affected and it has rained above 105% of the months’ average rainfall. In all 3000 people have been moved to a safe place.
In Ratnagiri 38 dams are 100% full and 13 villages are flood-affected. All dams in Nashik are full and the water released is the largest amount in the last 50 years.In Thane district 13,000 residents have been moved to flood camps.
Milk, veggies prices go up
Floods in the Western and Central Maharashtra have affected the milk and vegetable supply to Mumbai causing rates of these commodities to go up. On Tuesday only 350 trucks reached the wholesale vegetable market in Navi Mumbai, as compared to 750 to 800 trucks that visit. This is a 50% drop. Flooding has caused milk factories to be closed as well, which means that out of a total need of over 50 lakh litres, Mumbai received around 13 lakh litres less on Wednesday.