138 Dead, Several Missing After Floods, Landslides Batter Maharashtra


138 Dead, Several Missing After Floods, Landslides Batter Maharashtra

Maharashtra floods: Teams from the NDRF, SDRF, Army, Navy and Coast Guard have been deployed


At least 76 persons are useless, 89 injured and a number of other lacking after torrential rain over the previous few days led to floods and landslides in coastal districts of Maharashtra, destroying hundreds of buildings and roads, leaving total villages underwater and prompting a determined seek for survivors, in addition to a large rescue and aid op that included the evacuation of almost 90,000.

At this level – with harm and fatality experiences nonetheless being collected – the variety of useless and lacking are unsure; the state authorities has stated 76 are useless and 30 lacking, whereas (*138*) and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar stated 138 are useless and 59 lacking.

Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Thane, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts have been worst affected, with unhealthy climate making it tough for rescue employees to succeed in some cities and villages, even by way of helicopters. Access has been comparatively simpler floodwaters receded.


Nearly 90,000 folks have been evacuated from throughout affected districts in Maharashtra

89,333 folks have been evacuated up to now, together with 40,882 from Kolhapur and 42,573 from Sangli, the place visuals from information company ANI confirmed the Tandulwadi and Kanegaon villages submerged.

47 deaths have been reported from Raigad district alone, the place a landslide that demolished dozens of homes in Taliye village on Thursday claimed 37 lives. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar informed information company PTI the village was not in an space thought of liable to landslides.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has promised the villagers assist in relocating and rebuilding their houses and lives. The state has introduced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the households of these killed and stated it’ll foot the invoice for remedy of these injured.

Initial experiences additionally point out 11 deaths in Ratnagiri district, six in Satara and 5 from Kolhapur, the place the Panchganga river continues to be flowing a minimum of a dozen ft above the hazard stage. Four folks died in suburban areas round Mumbai, with different deaths in Sindhudurg and Pune.


Navy handout reveals inundated areas in Raigad district of Maharashtra

In Raigad, which bore the brunt of the rains and floods, 53 are nonetheless lacking.

Horrific tales have emerged from survivors, together with one by Mujaffar Khan from Mahad, who informed PTI: “… there is a thick layer of mud… it is not just soil, there are dead animals in it… like rats.”

In Ratnagiri’s Chiplun city – one other of these utterly flooded – rescuers raced to avoid wasting folks from a COVID-19 hospital minimize off from help. Other visuals from the city present a terrifying picture – a number of folks on the roof of a constructing attempting to tug up a lady with rope.

Apart from 30 groups from the nationwide and state catastrophe response businesses, the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard and different teams have been mobilised to rescue hundreds of stranded folks, co-ordinate evacuations and supply meals, clothes, medicines and shelter for displaced folks.

Of concern throughout this mammoth operation is making certain Covid protocols are adopted, notably since Maharashtra is the state worst affected by the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Modi, who stated he was “anguished by the loss of lives”, and President Kovind have been in contact with the Maharashtra authorities and Governor BS Koshyari respectively, to supply all potential help and help.

The climate division has issued a crimson alert for six districts already affected by the deluge, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall and recommending preventive measures.

The catastrophic floods, which additionally affected massive components of Mumbai and its suburbs final week, killing a minimum of 29 folks, have been described by specialists as a sign of local weather change.

Similarly horrible experiences have are available in from Goa, the place one particular person died and round 1,000 homes have been destroyed, and Karnataka.

Climate change is making India’s monsoons stronger, in line with a Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research report printed in April that forecast dire penalties for meals, farming and the economic system affecting almost a fifth of the world’s inhabitants.

With enter from AFP, ANI, PTI and Reuters


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