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Heavy rains, flash floods in Pune schools, colleges remain shut today

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Pune: At least 11 persons have been killed in various rain-related incidents in the city and surroundings since late Wednesday, officials said here on Thursday.

According to the State and District Disaster Controls, at least five persons were washed away in flood waters in Shivapur. On Wednesday, a wall collapsed in Sakhar Nagar area, reportedly due to overflowing water in a nearby canal, killing five people. At least four people are missing after the incident.

Mr Fadnavis tweeted, “Pained to know about the loss of lives in and around Pune due to heavy rains. My deepest condolences to the families. We are providing all possible assistance needed. State disaster management officials & control room in continuous touch with Pune collector and PMC.”

Water logging was reported from areas like Sinhagad Road, Dhankawadi, Balaji Nagar, Ambegaon, Sahakar Nagar, Parvati, Kolhewadi and Kirkatwadi.

More than 500 people from various water-logged areas were also shifted to safer places following heavy rains in Pune on Wednesday night, a fire brigade official said. He also added that the rescue operation was still underway.

Due to the heavy rainfall and floods, the schools and colleges will remain closed in five of the Tehsils of Pune. Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram declared a holiday in schools and colleges of Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli Tehsils of Pune for Thursday.

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Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district

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Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.

According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.

The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.

Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.

A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.

The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.

There were no CCTV cameras in the area.

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