Heavy rains hit the city of Pune in Maharashtra overnight and on Tuesday morning, causing flooding in many areas. Some people living in low-lying areas and near the banks of the Karha river were moved to safer places.
Areas like Hadapsar, Market Yard, Sinhgad Road, NIBM Road, BT Kawade Road, Katraj, Deccan, Karve Nagar, Kothrud, Kondhwa and Peth witnessed severe waterlogging.
Low-lying areas worst-hit
Waterlogging was observed in many areas including Hadapsar, Market Yard, Sinhgad Road, NIBM Road, BT Kawade Road, Katraj, Deccan, Karve Nagar, Kothrud, Kondhwa and Peth. Twelve people trapped in floodwaters in the Mangalwar Peth and Kondhwa areas have been moved to safer locations, fire brigade officials said.
Twenty families living near the Karha river in Jalgaon Kathe Pathar village of Baramati tehsil were also displaced after the river swelled following the release of 35,000 cubic feet per second (cusec) of water from the Nazre dam, they said.
The head of IMD’s weather forecasting department, Anupam Kashyapi, said satellite images revealed: “there was enough humidity in the state”. The city is expected to remain cloudy with thunder and lightning activity through the night along with light to moderate showers, he said.
Pune receives 3rd highest October rain since 1892
Shivajinagar area recorded 104mm of rain in about five hours until 3 am Tuesday, Magarpatta 116mm and Pashan town 94mm of rain during the same period, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
According to the IMD, in the last 12 years, this was the fifth time that the city of Pune, an IT and education hub, received more than 100mm of rain in a 24-hour period in the month of October.
In 2010, 181mm of rain was recorded in Pune on October 5, followed by 105.1mm on October 12, 2011, 101.3mm on October 14, 2017, and 112mm on October 15, 2020, according to IDM data.
So far in October this year, Pune has recorded 268mm of rain, the third highest for the month since 1892. In October 1892, the city recorded 440.7mm of rain, while in 2020 the total figure of the month was 312 mm, the data showed.
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Last month, India’s IT city of Bengaluru reeled under severe waterlogging as incessant heavy rains lashed the city. The flooding caused traffic jams and disruptions in several parts of Bengaluru, which is considered the Silicon Valley of India.
The rains severely affected Bangalore, leaving overflowing lakes and storm drains that flooded low-lying areas. The waterlogging in certain locations was such that tractors and boats had to be used to transport students and office workers in the morning.
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