Published On : Fri, Jul 23rd, 2021

Landslide kills 36 in State’s Raigad district, toll likely to go up

Nagpur/Mumbai: At least 36 people have died in landslides in Talai village in Mahad Tehsil of Raigad district in wetsern Maharashtra as incessant rain continued to batter the Konkan region of the State, leaving thousands stranded in floods and landslides. Helicopters are being used to evacuate people from the flood-hit regions in Raigad, about 70 km from Mumbai. The death toll is likely to go up.

Authorities have appealed to those trapped to go to the rooftops or on heights from where the rescue teams in the helicopters can spot and evacuate them. Maharashtra is witnessing the heaviest rain in July in 40 years.

The deaths happened in three landslides which took place on Thursday, with 32 bodies being found in one spot and four others in another location. In parts of the coastal town of Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, around 250 km from Mumbai, water levels rose as high as 12 feet following 24 hours of uninterrupted rain that caused the Vashishti river to overflow, submerging roads and homes. Power supply has been snapped in the town and phone connections are patchy. A dedicated Covid hospital was surrounded by flood waters and patients were seen being rescued in boats.

Two rescue teams from the navy, 12 local relief teams, two from the coastguard, and three from the National Disaster Response Team (NDRF) have been deployed in the inundated areas. The navy deployed seven rescue teams equipped with rubber boats, life jackets and life buoys to the affected areas, along with a helicopter to airlift marooned residents.Specialist navy divers accompanied each team with diving equipment.

The weather department has issued red alerts for several regions in the state, indicating that heavy rainfall will continue for the next few days.