Floods coupled with landslides have created havoc in Ratnagiri, Raigad, Satara as torrential rains pounded Maharashtra in the last few weeks, hitting the coastal Konkan and western parts severely. A total of 44 bodies have been recovered from the debris of the Mahad landslide in Maharashtra’s Raigad district from two different locations. 35 people who have been injured are still under treatment.
According to the Raigad District Collector, a total of six locations experienced landslides in Raigad district of Maharashtra due to incessant rainfall. A part of the village that used to be a residential area once upon a time has now become a graveyard of villagers. The Taliye village of Raigad district in Maharashtra has been ravaged by landslides due to incessant rainfall on July 23. According to villagers, there were about 89 people residing in this area of which 32 bodies were recovered. 5 people have been injured and almost 52 people are feared to be trapped under the debris.
Over 47 villages have been cut off in Kohlappur district as roads connecting them submerged in water. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force are engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Kolhapur. The Army under ”Operation Varsha” has mobilised columns in action for flood relief in the state. Maharashtra’s Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation, Vijay Wadettiwar informed that 136 accidental deaths have been reported in Maharashtra till July 23 due to rain and other monsoon-related incidents.
The Maharashtra government has roped in Indian army and navy to assist in ongoing rescue operations in flood-hit areas. The India Meteorological Department on Friday issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, namely Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg Pune, Satara and Kolhapur.