Over 60 trees uprooted, streets water logged & vehicle damaged due to heavy rainfall in Pune on October 9; one person died

Heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorm lashed several parts of Pune and disrupted normal life on October 9 during the evening hours. One person was died when a huge tree fell on PMPL service van on Tilak Road. Several areas were water logged and around 310 people were shifted to safer places. More than 60 incidents of tree uprooting were reported due to heavy downpour. Traffic was also thrown out of gear due to water logging at many places.

Reports further indicate that the intense spell of rain lasted for about an hour from 6 pm onwards on Wednesday. During this period the fire brigade received more than 70 distress calls mostly related to falling of trees and heavy water logging in several parts of Pune. The worst affected areas included Kothrud, Erandwane, Karvenagar, Prabhat Road, Bhandarkar Road, Sahakarnagar, Dandekar bridge, Guruwar Peth and Ganesh Peth and many other areas. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on many roads including Jangali Maharaj Road, Fergusson College Road, Karve Road and Sinhagad Road. Several stretches on Sinhagad Road had to be closed because of heavy water logging after a huge tree fell near Santosh Hall Chowk. Traffic movement on Mumbai – Bangalore highway was also impacted due to water logging at Chandni Chowk.

The torrential rain claimed one life as a huge tree on a PMPL service van in front of Grahak Peth on Tilak Road. Similarly, one student of SNDT Women’s College on Karve Road suffered leg injury due to tree collapse. Many electric wires were also broken after trees collapsed on them leading to power disruptions in certain areas.

The rainfall data recorded by weather department indicates that Shivajinagar received  20.9 mm rain between 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Similarly, Lohegaon recorded 66.2 mm rain and Pashan 50.3 mm during the span of 24 hours. It is to be noted that any incidence of over 10mm rainfall in an hour is termed intense.

CyerTech Risk Center Analysis:

The analyst’s of Cybertech Risk Center generated real time alerts on this incident and closely monitored the situation providing its clients with timely alerts about the same which helped them take business continuity measures and ensure employee safety in time. We at Cybertech’s Risk Center cover Evacuation, Flooding and Storm under the “Meteorological” category at Pan India label. CyberTech with NC4 cover everything across globe.

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