On 8th August 2019, a total of nine people in flood-ravaged Sangli district of Western Maharashtra drowned when a rescue boat capsized, even though flood waters were expected to recede faster as Karnataka had agreed to release more water from the Almatti dam downstream.
An aerial survey was conducted by Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to review the flood situation in Sangli and Kolhapur, which are worst hit by heavy rains in the area where the Krishna and Panchganga rivers are in spate.
Nine people drowned and an additional four went missing after a boat that was engaged in rescue work overturned in Sangli, an official said.
The mishap took place near Brahmanal village in Palus tehsil when a boat that was carrying approximately 30-32 people affected by floods to a safer place, Pune divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said.
“Nine bodies have been recovered so far. Some 15 people swam to safety,” he further added.
Police officials and disaster management personnel were making all necessary efforts to trace the missing persons, he said.
Chief minister Fadnavis has expressed grief over the people who lost their lives in the Sangli boat accident. He said that ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the families of the deceased. He also said that people in flood affected areas would receive all necessary assistance.
Chairing a meeting to review the flood situation at Kolhapur, he instructed officials to ensure that food, drinking water, healthcare and shelter facilities are provided to the people. He also urged the various agencies like the Army, Navy, Air Force, NDRF and SDRF, to coordinate their rescue efforts.
He said that evacuation and saving people’s lives were the government’s top priority. He directed officials to ensure that medicines are stocked, and if needed, additional medical teams will be sent from Mumbai.