Officials report heavy rain and consequent severe flooding have left at least 17 dead in Pune (Maharashtra state) as of Thursday, September 26. Sustained rainfall has displaced some 28,000 people across the city. Residents in low-lying areas are being asked to evacuate to higher ground and emergency personnel have been deployed to assist in rescue operations.
Further rainfall is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with intermittent heavy rainfall in isolated areas. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and train delays and cancelations, and communication disruptions are expected in the coming hours and days.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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