Monsoon shatters bridges at Junnar

Citizens have been requested to stay outside their flooded houses until water recedes
Over the western part of the Junnar taluka, monsoon has assumed a furious pace, with bridges, road links and electricity being battered by the torrential rain. The downpour has prompted district authorities to issue an alert asking citizens to stay outside their houses due to incessant flooding.Kolhewadi villager near Pimpalgaon Joga dam is severely affected, with water entering the homes along with dirt and broken branches of trees. The villagers were forced to stay out of their houses since midnight. However, the government authorities seemed to have taken note of the flooding situation and have been on their toes to combat the situation in affected areas.

Kalyan Pandhare, sub-divisional officer of Junnar, told Pune Mirror, “Now that the water level is receding slowly, the public works department (PWD) has been instructed to restore the road links. Also, the electricity supply was re-established on Sunday afternoon. As a precautionary measure, the local revenue authority, sarpanch, talathis and circle officers have been told to get in touch with the district authorities if they are sensing any bordering calamity.“

The authority’s call comes after their surveillance of affected areas. A part of the hilltop near Manjarmali village near Junnar has been flooded severely. The district disaster management department informed that the condition of Udapur is no better with the disappearance of bridges linking Kopare-Mandhare villages. This erosion has disconnected 10 Adivasi settlements and flooded agricultural land as well.

At the Junnar city, the Nagarve and Rokadvesh areas have been submerged. The rains triggered a major landslide at Malshej Ghat affecting the traffic on Pune-Nashik highway. Furthermore, the traffic on Kalyan-Ahmednagar highway was diverted to Pune from Sunday evening onwards due to the landslide. The Thane district authority was working on clearing the road till late in the evening. A villager from the waterlogged Otur, Manaji Zare, has blamed the district authority’s ignorance on the water level as one of the major reasons for nonstop flooding. “The administration did not remove the valves on Mandavi river before water crossed the flood threshold. Consequently, the water went above the dam also led to an increase in the river basin.“

In a small relief, the district authorities have ruled out the possibility of Malin-like tragedy where 151 people lost their lives in a landslide in July 2014.

Pandhare said, “There will not be a repeat of the Malin incident as we are taking all possible precautions by shifting people from vulnerable areas.And, no casualties have been reported from any part of the taluka so far.“

Source : TOI

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