The incessant heavy downpour highly affected Pune and the Konkan region, as public transport came to a halt.
Pune has received 55% more rainfall than the average this monsoon according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The average annual rainfall figure for the city is 497mm but Pune has received rains exceeding 630mm this year, which is significantly higher.
Trains from Pune to Mumbai along the Manmad- Daund route have been cancelled. The Deccan Express, Singhad Express and the Manmad Express too have been cancelled because of the heavy rains.
The bridge on the Mutha river which connects Deccan with the city’s Peth area, was submerged in water as Khadakwasla Dam released a huge volume of water.
No damage to life and property have been reported yet , said the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) officials. But a number of tress have fallen due to the rains in certain parts of the city.
The continuous rainfall since Tuesday, September 19, has filled the major dams around the state to its capacity. 23 dams out of 37 in the state had to release the excess water.
The intensity of the rainfall is expected to reduce after Wednesday as per the IMD.
Sources: The Hindu
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Heavy rainfall led to the shutting down of four bridges for traffic in Pune on Saturday. The bridges have ceased to function for the first time in over a decade due to a deluge.
The Mutha River crossed the danger mark after two days of incessant rain in the city. Due to fear of overflowing, the Baba Bhide bridge, Dengle bridge, Vriddheshwar bridge and Jayant Tilak bridge have been closed for vehicular movement by the Pune district administration.
To meet the water scarcity issue in Maharashtra, 1.5 TMC water was left for Pune in Khadakwasla dam until June. July and August brought in excessive rainfall, filling 90 percent of the dam with 15 TMC of water. More water is planned to be released from the Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Panshet and Temghar dams after three days of continuous rains.
According to TOI, the India Meteorological Department informed that, “Rains are good in Maharashtra this year, including the Konkan and Vidarbha belt. Even in Marathwada, the spell of rain is good. It shall continue to pour for another week.” The statistics of rainfall in different parts of Maharashtra like Mumbai (129mm), Mahabaleshwar (117mm), Pune (42.8mm) and Ratnagiri (42mm) received was also reported.
Mahabaleshwar tehsil restricted the access to six popular tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Also the routes to Sinhagad fort and Lavasa have been shut due to the risk of mudslide. As the hills stations remain inaccessible, the long weekend holiday plans, for many, have been disrupted.