Over the past few weeks, Maharashtra has been reeling under the effects of heavy rainfall. Incessant rains and isolated incidents of landslides have caused loss of life and property. The National Disaster Response Force is constantly tracking the India Metrological Department’s weather forecast with regard to Mumbai and the coastal districts of the Konkan region. The NDRF has also relentlessly been carrying out rescue and relief operations.
In the flood-hit Shiroli village of the Kolhapur district, the NDRF personnel have rescued a dog from the rooftop of a hotel. The death toll from the days-long monsoon rains, floods and landslides have climbed to over 164. More than 2 lakh people have been evacuated so far from the affected districts in the Konkan region and western Maharashtra.
Amid the flood fury, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar toured various rain-hit villages in Sangli district and used a rescue boat to reach out to flood victims in some areas. Pawar also interacted with the flood-affected people and assured them of rehabilitation and all help from the state government.
The Raigarh’s District Magistrate has said that the search for missing people in Taliye Village has officially ended after seeking the opinion of rescue teams. Nearly 31 missing people will be declared dead following due process.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that rain activities will increase over Konkan and Goa and in the Ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra.