After Mumbai, its Pune now

Pune, Aug 2 | Updated: Aug 3 2005, 05:30am hrs
The army has been called in for carrying out relief and rescue operations in Pune, Karad, Sangli and Kolhapur to help civil authorities cope with the floods.

Thirty five dams in the region are 95% full and are releasing more than one lakh cusecs of water. Eight bridges in Pune were submerged under water. Deputy chief minister RR Patil, speaking to the media in Kolhapur, said losses could exceed the initial assessment of Rs 2,000 crore and the funds released by the Centre was not sufficient. About 4,000 army personnel were involved in the relief operations and over 3,000 people marooned by the floods had been rescued by late evening on Tuesday in Pune. Sangli, Karad and Kolhapur had been badly hit with the Koyna dam releasing 99,000 cusecs of water till Tuesday evening. Many villages in the region have been submerged. Villages in Krishna, Koyna, Warna and Panchganga basins were on high alert and army continued rescue operations.

Farmers in Kolhapur district were the worst affected. About 40,000 people in Kolhapur district have been shifted to safer places.u since the flooding began.