Kolhapur, August 11: Floods in parts of Maharashtra including Sangli, Kohapur, Raigad, Satara have wrecked havoc, throwing normal life out of gear. Teams of the Army, Navy and Air Force have intensified the relief and rescue operations. The Kolhapur district administration on Sunday has issued warning to the traders against selling products/commodities at increased prices. The administration has also put out dedicated phone numbers for registration of complaints if anyone trader or seller is found to engage in such activity. Citizens are requested to call on 1077 and 2655416 for any such complaint. Floods in Maharashtra, Karnataka: Over 1,000 Indian Army Personnel Deployed in Affected Areas.
According to a tweet by ANI, the Kolhapur Collector Office in a statement said that legal action will be taken against those who are selling products or commodities in increased price and taking advantage of floods in the city. Reports inform that over four lakh people have been moved to safety from the flood-hit parts of Maharashtra in the last five days. Out of these, about 3.78 lakh are from the worst-hit Kolhapur and Sangli districts. Maharashtra Floods: 75,000 People Evacuated From Kolhapur and Sangli Districts.
The situation is likely to improve further as five lakh cusec of water was being discharged from the Almatti dam in neighbouring Karnataka. As per official figures, 761 villages in 69 ‘talukas’ in the state were affected by flood while 4,24,333 people have been evacuated and shifted to safer places across the state.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are carrying out rescue and relief operations in flood-affected village across the state. In the wake of the floods, traders have overpriced daily need products due to shortage of supply. The flood situation is likely to get better in the coming days as five lakh cusec of water was being discharged from the Almatti dam in neighbouring Karnataka.