5 persons including 4 children drowned in Bhushi Dam.

Five people, including four children and a woman, drowned near the Bhushi Dam in Lonavala on Sunday afternoon, local police confirmed. While the authorities recovered the bodies of three persons, the search operation was called off after heavy rain and limited light in the Bhushi Dam area. According to police information, the deceased have been identified as Sahasta Liaqat Ansari (36), Amima Adil Ansari (13), Umira alias Salman Adil Ansari (8) and missing Adnan Shabat Ansari (4) and Maria Ansari (9). Is. It will resume on Monday morning.

After the onset of monsoon in the area, the police warned tourists to be careful while visiting Bhushi Dam. (HT photo)

On Sunday, the families of Liaquat Ansari and Younis Khan from Hadapsar, Pune planned a visit to Bhushi Dam. Around 3 pm, 17-18 members of the family reached the waterfall behind Bhushi Dam. Due to the sudden rise in the water level due to continuous rain, 10 members of the family got trapped in the water stream and started drowning. However, five of them managed to escape from the water stream while five went missing.

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Seeing the seriousness of the situation, local police, fire brigade services, Shiv Durga Mitra Mandal, Appada Mitra Maval and Vinya Jeev Rakshan Santha reached the spot and started a search operation. By the end of the day, authorities had recovered three bodies and sent them for post-mortem.

After the onset of monsoon in the region, the police warned tourists to be careful while visiting Bhushi Dam, Ghobad Pond, Tata Dam, Tingarli Dam, Rajmachi Point, Kanigaon, Kuronde points as the area would experience heavy to heavy rains. Is.

Commenting on the development, Police Inspector of Lonavala City Police Station, Suhas Jagtap said, “We have recovered three bodies and the search for the remaining two will resume on Monday morning.”

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) updates, there has been a significant increase in rainfall activity over the ghat areas of Pune district. 163 mm, Lonavala received the highest rainfall on Sunday, June 30.

Commenting on the rescue operation, Pune Rural Superintendent of Police (Rural SP) Pankaj Deshmukh said, “We recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old woman and two girls. A 9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy were involved in the incident. The missing appear to be part of a family and drowned in the falls two kilometers from Bhushi Dam.

(with agency information)

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