Flood situation continues to be grim in Kolhapur

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Kolhapur, Aug 14 (UNI) The flood situation in the district continues to be grim despite the intensity of the rain lessening today.

The people residing along the banks of Panchaganga and Warna rivers continued to be panicky as these rivers are still in spate and the discharge of water from various dams continue, sources in the district collectorate said here today.

A total of 179 villages are still cut off as the roads are submerged. Seven villages in Shirol tehsil are marooned, the sources said.

The water level in the Rajaram weir, which had reached 45.6 ft, above the danger mark of 43 ft two days ago, has subsided marginally.

The rains and flood waters have severely damaged crops along the river banks, the sources said, adding, the losses could be estimated at around Rs seven crore.

Due to heavy rains, the collection of milk was affected for the past two days as roads remained submerged, the sources said, adding, even Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and municipal transport bus services were suspended, causing heavy losses to the transport utilities.

During the last 24 hours, total 698.7 mm of rainfall was recorded in the district. The highest of 172 mm was recorded in Gaganbavada tehsil, the sources added.

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