On Tuesday night, five rescue teams of the Indian Navy were mobilised from Mumbai to provide assistance to those affected heavy rains in Maharashtra's Kolhapur and Sangli districts.
Five more additional rescue teams of the Indian Navy flood relief team from Mumbai and four divers from the Goa naval area are being airlifted on Wednesday morning, to provide assistance to those affected by the rains, according to ANI.
5 addl Indian Navy flood relief teams are being prepared to be airlifted to the affected areas from Mumbai this morning. Goa Naval Area has also deployed four teams of divers for rescue operations at Kolhapur. https://t.co/Uw1dV6kQQK
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Kolhapur and Sangli have been the worst affected by heavy rains in western Maharashtra in the last few days. Three villages, having around 7,000 people, in Kolhapur were marooned due to the floods, even as over 50,000 people were evacuated from the two districts on Tuesday.
"In response to the state administration's request for assistance to local populace affected by heavy rains in the area, five teams of the Western Naval Command have been mobilised," a defence spokesperson told PTI on Wednesday.
The rescue teams on Tuesday were initially planned to be airlifted to the locations, but the adverse weather did not permit helicopter flying, he said.
"The teams then proceeded to Pune by road overnight, equipped with rescue gear and rubber inflatable boats, and will be airlifted to the affected areas," he said.
Meanwhile, the Goa naval area has also deployed four teams of divers for rescue operations in Kolhapur. The rescue teams, along with diving equipment, were flown from INS Hansa Naval air station at Goa on Wednesday morning for Kolhapur airfield, where they will join the other teams from the Western Naval Command, NDRF and the district collector for coordination of rescue work, the official said.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar on Tuesday said the flood situation in Kolhapur and Sangli was "critical" as several rivers in the region were flowing above the danger mark.
"Three villages in Kolhapur with 7,000 people have been cut off completely and efforts are on to evacuate them," Mhaisekar said.
Around 34 out of 103 bridges in Kolhapur have gone under water due to rains in the past few days, he said.
"A total of 12,228 families, comprising nearly 53,582 people, in Pune division have been shifted to safer places," another official earlier said.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Aug 07, 2019 10:48:29 IST