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Rain fury claims 17 lives in Pune, 3 in Hyderabad

Rain fury claims 17 lives in Pune, 3 in Hyderabad

Pune/Hyderabad: At least 17 people were killed in various incidents of flooding and wall collapse after intense rainfall battered Maharashtra's Pune city and different other parts of the district, officials said on Thursday.

Nearly 16,000 people, including some stuck on rooftops and trees, were rescued from Pune city and other parts of the district, they said, adding that four persons were missing.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was pained to know about the loss of lives due to heavy rains in Pune.

He said teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the city and Baramati tehsil, and all necessary assistance was being provided in the affected areas.

Schools and colleges in various tehsils of Pune declared a holiday on Thursday given the deluge.

Five people sleeping at a dargah in Khed-Shivapur village, located on the Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway, were washed away after the torrential downpour, Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said.

Besides, 12 people, including five women, lost their lives in various other rain-related incidents.

Of these, five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in incidents of a wall collapse in the flooded Aranyeshwar area, chief fire officer Prashant Ranpise said.

One person was found dead near a school in an inundated locality in Sahakar Nagar while the body of a 52-year- old man was found in a car washed away near Sinhgad road.

Another person was found dead in his car near Katraj, while two others were washed away in Parvati area, he said.

According to police, two other persons also lost their lives in the deluge.

Four persons - two in the city and as many in Purandar tehsil - were reported missing, they said.

Meanwhile, in Hyderabad, three people, including an elderly woman, died in separate rain-related incidents during the past two days as heavy rains lashed it and other parts of Telangana, officials said on Thursday. Following a let-up in heavy rains, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Thursday took up measures, including fogging and removal of stagnant water, to prevent the spread of infectious and seasonal diseases.

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