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Updated on: Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:22 PM IST

Maharashtra rain fury: CM Uddhav Thackeray visits flood-hit areas in Kolhapur - See photos

Ratnagiri, Raigad districts in the coastal Konkan region and Kolhapur and Satara districts in western Maharashtra were the worst-affected parts in the state due to the floods and heavy rains that triggered landslides at multiple locations. More than 200 people have died in the last week's rain-related incidents in the state.
Maharashtra rain fury: CM Uddhav Thackeray visits flood-hit areas in Kolhapur - See photos  | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

Maharashtra rain fury: CM Uddhav Thackeray visits flood-hit areas in Kolhapur - See photos | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Tahckeray on Friday visited flood-hit areas in Kolhapur district.

He was scheduled to assess the flood situation and hold a review meeting with the administration. CM was accompanied by Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif, Kolhapur Guardian Minister Satej Patil, Minister of State for Health Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar, Hatkanangale MP Dhairyasheel Mane, Kolhapur MP Sanjay Mandalik and District Collector Rahul Rekhawar.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Tahckeray on Friday visited flood-hit areas in Kolhapur district. | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

CM was accompanied by Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif, Kolhapur Guardian Minister Satej Patil, Minister of State for Health Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar, Hatkanangale MP Dhairyasheel Mane, Kolhapur MP Sanjay Mandalik and District Collector Rahul Rekhawar | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Tahckeray on Friday visited flood-hit areas in Kolhapur district. | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

CM was accompanied by Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif, Kolhapur Guardian Minister Satej Patil, Minister of State for Health Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar, Hatkanangale MP Dhairyasheel Mane, Kolhapur MP Sanjay Mandalik and District Collector Rahul Rekhawar | ANI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Tahckeray on Friday visited flood-hit areas in Kolhapur district. | Twitter/CMO Maharashtra

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Ratnagiri, Raigad districts in the coastal Konkan region and Kolhapur and Satara districts in western Maharashtra were the worst-affected parts in the state due to the floods and heavy rains that triggered landslides at multiple locations. More than 200 people have died in the last week's rain-related incidents in the state.

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said there was a need to undertake a project for diverting rainwater from flood-prone areas to drought-hit regions to address the issue of constant flooding in parts of Maharashtra.

The Leader of Opposition in the assembly was in Sangli to take stock of the situation arising out of recent heavy rains and floods in the district. Large parts of the coastal Konkan and western Maharashtra, including Sangli and Kolhapur districts, have been ravaged by downpour and floods.

"Farmers have incurred huge losses... agriculture has been affected and houses have been damaged. The trader community, too, has incurred losses in the floods," said the former CM.

Fadnavis said he had been to several places and came to know that no "immediate" relief has been received by the people affected by the floods.

"So, instant help should be provided by the state government to people who are in distress," he said.

The BJP leader said to get rid of frequent flooding, there was a need to divert floodwater to drought-hit areas using canals.

"Till the time, we do not divert floodwater to drought-hit areas through diversion canals, we would not be able to address this issue. In 2019, the World Bank had given in-principle approval for such a project and this project needs to be taken ahead," he said.

Asked about statements of cabinet minister Vijay Wadettiwar that there were irregularities in distribution of monetary help during the 2019 floods (when BJP was in power) and so the state this time would transfer cash to the affected people once damage assessment was completed, Fadnavis said there were no irregularities.

"They are just giving excuses. There were no irregularities in the distribution of monetary help in 2019. It seems they do not want to provide help and that is why they are giving these kinds of excuses," he said.

Meanwhile, losses caused by the rain and flood fury in Kolhapur district are estimated to be over Rs 442 crore so far and further assessment of damage was underway, officials said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published on: Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:22 PM IST
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