Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Floods in Pune (My Society)

I came to US today and realized that it has rained cats and dogs in Pune after I started on 9th night...
My building is all over in the news and the access road to the building is cut off.. fortunately my family is safe and moved my parent's place...

I had a major function in my house on 8th.. what a close call..  would have been a clear mess had the rains come 2 days earlier
here is a news article about the floods

Here are some of the Photos:

Pune, August 11
Pregnant woman, elderly people and 1,000 others stuck in one housing society
Please help us, cries Sunita Dhawar of Whistling Palms Society at Kaspate Vasti near Wakad.

“Water from the river has flooded the road leading
to our society. Around 1,000 residents have been stuck in the building
since yesterday afternoon. I am nine months pregnant and may need
medical attention anytime. The lives of many senior citizens are also
at risk. What if they need to go to the hospital?” Dhawar said on

Fear is the pervading emotion among the 1,000
residents of Whistling Palms, as the road leading to their society has
been flooded since Sunday afternoon.

Due to heavy rains for the past two days, the
water from the river Mula has flooded a few societies in Kaspate Vasti.
“Nisarg Pooja Society, Yashda wedding hall and a crematorium are also
flooded,” said Gokul Tilekar, a resident of Vishal Nager.

“We are surviving on noodles and biscuits for two
days now. Two of my friends staying with me are stuck outside the
society and have no way of coming in. The municipal authorities should
immediately to address this situation. There is a supermarket near the
compound of our building, but the goods in his shop are almost
exhausted,” says Tushar Pawar of Whistling Palms.

An uninterrupted downpour for the second
consecutive day in Pune and its surrounding areas wreaked havoc on
people in parts of the city. Particularly, residents of-Whistling Palms
and Nisargapuja- two housing societies in Wakad, were turned helpless
and had no choice but to stay indoors. The situation was no different
in Madhuban Society in Sangvi.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities
shifted 478 families along the Mula-Mutha riverbanks in the last two
days. Of them, 200 families were from Bopodi area. Other areas included
Patil Estate slums (37 families), Adarshnagar (177), Shantinagar (70).

The chief of the flood control cell of the PMC,
Pravin Ashtikar, said, “We are being kept on or toes. We are
continuously tracking the discharge from all the dams around Pune and
taking necessary steps. The fire brigade, too, has been asked to be
ready to tackle the situation.”

Ajay Chaudhari of Whistling Palms said, “Our
water woes started on Sunday afternoon, when the rainwater logged
around our society in huge amounts. Today, I had to skip going to
office, as it needed to wade through shoulder-high water. Even if we
manage to get out of it, the public transport too, is not reliable.”
Amol Govindwar and his wife, both software professionals working in
Geometrics and Cognizant respectively, had to take a day off from their
work for the same reason.

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