At least 138 people have died in rain-related incidents, including multiple landslides, in Maharashtra. The deaths include 36 who died in a landslide in the coastal Raigad district, about 70 km from state capital Mumbai.
Several districts – primarily the Konkan region – have been receiving incessant rain over the past few days, leaving thousands stranded in floods and landslides.
“138 accidental deaths reported in Maharashtra due to rain and other monsoon-related incidents,” Maharashtra Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation, Vijay Wadettiwar, said.
Satara district in Western Maharashtra has also been battered by rain and several people have been swept away by floodwaters, an official was reported as saying by news agency PTI. The official put the death count in Satara at 27.
Other fatalities include those reported from eastern districts such as Gondia and Chandrapur, he said.
“Rainfall in various parts of the state often coinciding with high tides and also discharge from dams led to various regions… getting inundated,” the Maharashtra government said in a press release.
At least 84,452 people, including over 40,000 in Kolhapur district, were shifted to safer places in Western Maharashtra’s Pune division, officials said. At least 54 villages have been completely affected due to the floods while 821 were partially affected in Kolhapur, where the Panchganga river is flowing at a level higher than that witnessed during the peak of floods in 2019, officials said.
Eleven people, including eight Nepalese workers, on board a bus had a narrow escape as they were rescued in the nick of time before the vehicle was swept away in Kolhapur district on Friday, PTI reported quoting police officials.
Apart from Raigad district, landslides were also reported in Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages in Satara during Thursday night.