Rain continues to wreak havoc in Maharashtra, 138 dead so far, red alert in six districts

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Mumbai, 24 July. At least 138 people have died due to landslides and rain in Maharashtra. The dead included 36 people killed in a landslide in coastal Raigad district, about 70 km from capital Mumbai.

Several districts of the state, including Konkan region, have been receiving incessant rains for the past few days, leaving thousands of people stranded in floods and landslides. Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said, “There have been 138 accidental deaths due to rain and other monsoon-related incidents in Maharashtra.”

The Satara district of western Maharashtra has also been affected by the rains and many people were washed away in the flood waters, . The official put the death toll in Satara at 27. Some casualties were also reported in eastern districts like Gondia and Chandrapur. There has been heavy flooding in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Thane, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts.

At least 84,452 people, including over 40,000 from Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra’s Pune division, have been shifted to safer places. The Maharashtra government said that “rains are often accompanied by high tides in different parts of the state and the water released from the dams inundates various areas.”

At least 54 villages have been completely affected due to the floods, while 821 have been partially affected in Kolhapur, where the Panchganga river is flowing above the danger mark. Landslides have also been reported in Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages of Satara on Thursday night apart from Raigad district.

Rescue teams from National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and other agencies are already present in the state to assist in the relief work. Six teams of Indian Army and Navy are likely to join the rescue operation today. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those killed. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the injured will be treated at government expense.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for the six districts which are already affected by rain, warning of “extremely heavy” rain.

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