Flood-battered Kolhapur, Sangli limping back to normalcy

Life is slowly inching back to normalcy in flood-ravaged Kolhapur and Sangli as flood waters have receded in these districts of Maharashtra and the key rivers there are now also flowing below the danger mark, officials said on Wednesday.

Till Tuesday, 6.45 lakh people were shifted to safer locations in Kolhapur and Sangli, which have been the worst affected by flooding following heavy rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region.

"In Kolhapur, life is inching back to normalcy as the relief measures and work to restore various services are going on in full swing," an official at the collectorate said.

The situation in Shirol tehsil, which was severely affected by floods, has also improved as maximum help is being provided there, he said.

On Wednesday morning, the water level of the Panchganga river at Rajaram weir in Kolhapur was at 42.11 feet, marginally below the danger line of 43 feet, he said.

"Till Tuesday, carcasses of 150 animals were disposed using scientific methods to prevent health hazards," he said.

In Sangli also, the flood waters have receded and the Krishna river is flowing below the danger mark.