New Delhi: A man was killed and two of his family members were injured on Wednesday after a landslide in Vasai town of Maharashtra’s Palghar district following heavy rains, officials said. The search was on for another family member and efforts were on to find out if more persons were trapped in the debris, they said.
A local fireman and a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation. Following the landslide, a boulder from a hillock crashed on the house of Anil Singh (45) at Waghralpada in the Rajavali area of Vasai around 6.30 am and he died, a District Disaster Management Cell chief Vivekanand Kadam said. His wife Vandana Singh (40) and son Om Singh (12) got trapped in the debris.
Some locals and firemen later pulled them out and they were admitted to a hospital for the treatment of their injuries, he said. The NDRF personnel also retrieved the body of Anil Singh from the debris at around 10.30 am, the official said.
The search was still on for another family member Roshni Singh (16). Rescue personnel were also trying to find out if any other person was trapped in the debris, he said. The district, located about 100 km from the state capital Mumbai, has been witnessing very heavy rains since Tuesday night which caused water-logging in many low-lying areas.
Parts of south Gujarat and Kutch-Saurashtra regions received very heavy showers in the last 24 hours leaving 14 people dead, while over 31,000 were evacuated so far this rainy season, officials said on Wednesday. Three national highways in Kutch, Navsari and Dang districts were blocked due to damage caused by rains. Fifty-one state highways and over 400 panchayat roads have also been damaged, state Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi.
“Fourteen people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. Nine of the deaths were due to drowning,” he said. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has directed the administration to carry out a survey of the affected districts at the earliest so that people do not have to wait for long for cash and other reliefs to compensate for damages caused due to the rainfall, he said.
Low-lying areas were inundated and road links between villages suffered damage at several places in Telangana as heavy rains continued to lash the state on Tuesday. The Met Centre of IMD here said very heavy rainfall occurred at a few places in Adilabad and Kumram Bheem districts and at isolated places in Mulugu. Heavy rainfall occurred at many places in Adilabad, Nirmal districts at a few places in Kumram Bheem and at isolated places in Jagtial district, it said in a release.
Consequent to the rains, low-lying areas were inundated and waterlogging was reported at some places in Adilabad, Warangal and other districts. Rivulets and other water bodies were in spate. State Minister for ST, Women and Child Welfare Satyavati Rathod held a meeting with officials on the rain situation in Mahabubabad district. In the Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, about 1,000 people were shifted to relief centres, official sources said.
Over 9,600 villagers from tens of habitations have been evacuated to safety in different districts of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday as river Godavari received a flood of over 14.50 lakh, inundating several villages along its course, government officials said.
The second warning signal has been continuing at the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram near Rajamahendravaram as the water level touched 44.75 ft by Tuesday evening. With the Barrage filled to the brim of 2.93 tmc ft, all the 14.50 lakh cusecs of flood inflow were being discharged into the sea. The flood has affected 73 villages in the Konaseema district, resulting in the evacuation of 1,104 inhabitants to relief camps.