Updated: July 23, 2021 8:18:43 pm
At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra, out of which 36 of them lost their lives in a landslide in the coastal Raigad district, news agency PTI reported.
Six persons were killed in rain-related incidents in Satara district on Friday, including landslides, while three persons were missing in floods, said a senior official from the disaster management department. At least 12 villagers are believed to be trapped under debris due to a landslide in Mirgaon village.
In a separate incident, police said that 11 people on board a bus had a narrow escape as they were rescued just before the vehicle got washed away into a river in the Kolhapur district.
Teams of NDRF, SDRF, Navy, and local administration were rushed to the affected areas on Thursday evening. However, rescue efforts were impeded by heavy showers, waterlogging, and connectivity issues. Local authorities are yet to ascertain the exact details of casualties.
The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for six districts that have been already pounded by downpour, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall and recommending preventive actions.
The alert was issued for the next 24 hours for the districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in coastal Konkan and also for Pune, Satara and Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said rescue operations were underway and that he had ordered the evacuation and relocation of people living in areas where there is a possibility of landslide, news agency ANI reported. The CM has also asked the authorities to ensure the well-being of COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in various hospitals, the release said.
Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation in Maharashtra was being closely monitored and assistance was being provided to the affected.
Anguished by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Raigad, Maharashtra. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
The situation in Maharashtra due to heavy rains is being closely monitored and assistance is being provided to the affected.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed condolences and urged Congress workers to assist in rescue work.
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
I appeal to Congress workers to assist in relief and rescue work.
Rains continue to cause disaster and disruptions in many parts of Maharashtra. Please stay safe. pic.twitter.com/0su6PjwkiM
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 23, 2021
“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I appeal to Congress workers to assist in relief and rescue work. Rains continue to cause disaster and disruptions in many parts of Maharashtra. Please stay safe,” Gandhi said in a tweet.
(Inputs from Vallabh Ozarkar)
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