Pune;  Schools, colleges to remain closed aligning to critical situations

The city, well known as the educational capital of India on Sunday received heavy rains with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, further ordering schools and colleges to be shut today.

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Low-lying areas in Pune were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.

Rescuing around 2000-2500 people from the flooded areas, the District Collector said, “We have issued an advisory for citizens asking them not to venture out of their houses unless absolutely necessary as the situation might get critical”.

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With more water being released from the Khadakwasla dam, water gushed into several low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi. Additionally, according to the irrigation department, the catchment areas of four dams, Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar have been witnessing continuous rainfall.

“All the four dams are filled to their maximum storage capacity. As a result, we have already started releasing water into the Mutha river,” a senior official from the irrigation department said.

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“When water will be released at the rate of around 42,000 cusecs, a lot of people will have to be evacuated from the low-lying areas. We have issued an advisory to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell,” he said.


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