Mumbai: Leaders from Maharashtra Congress on Friday (August 16) called on party president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the situation arising out of recent floods, which caused devastation in parts of western and northern Maharashtra and Konkan region.

According to an official communique, state party chief Balasaheb Thorat, working presidents Basavraj Patil, Yashomati Thakur, Nitin Raut, Muzaffar Hussain met Sonia in New Delhi and briefed her about the flood situation in the state.

The communique further stated that AICC general secretary KC Venugopal was also present at the meeting.

On Thursday (August 15), the death toll due to floods had reached 51 in Pune region, which comprises districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur. The region had witnessed torrential rains in the first week of August.

The state government has prepared a package of Rs 6,813 crore to be sought from the Centre for the rehabilitation of the flood-affected. Of that, Rs 4,708 crore is for Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Rs 2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and the rest of Maharashtra.

Earlier on August 14, rescue operations in Maharashtra's flood-hit Kolhapur and Sangli districts came to an end. While the waters receded, the focus shifted on providing essential supplies to the affected people. The death toll in five western Maharashtra districts over nine days due to flood-related incidents reached 49.