Several bank branches and ATMs in the rain-hit areas have been submerged.
According to the information ETBFSI received from various sources, more than 1,200 ATMs are down in the five districts of Maharashtra — Ratnagiri, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Satara. There are about 1,300 ATMs in these districts.
“Many branches and ATMs are impacted. As a result, there is an unavailability of currency. Roads are damaged so vehicle movement is also restricted. Also, a major challenge is that electricity is not yet restored in many parts,” a person who works with the company which refills cash into ATMs, said on the condition of anonymity.
Apart from the above regions, branches and ATMs in Sangli, Pune and Thane districts have also been affected.
The ATMs restoration may take some time as the rains are yet to recede.
“Once the power is restored there are high chances that many ATMs will have to be recalibrated if there is no major damage. But my sense is that around 300 ATMs will remain down for a long time since they were submerged during the flood,” said the person quoted above.
The intensity of rains was so high that several bus depots, main roads, and houses were submerged in floodwater.
According to the state government, about 210 people have lost their lives and 4,34,185 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas. Also, more than 1,000 villages have been affected and 58,722 animals killed due to incessant rains.
According to local administration, around 5,000 residents were stranded in Chiplun even as a red alert has been issued in the district along with adjoining areas due to the rains.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari have toured the flood-hit districts. Relief from the various departments of government, social workers and NGOs is reaching the affected areas but the damage is huge.