Over 100 dead due to rain related incidents in Maharashtra

Over 100 people have died in rain-related incidents, including multiple landslides, in Maharashtra. The deaths include 36 people who died in a landslide in the coastal Raigad district, about 70 km from state capital Mumbai.

Several districts in the state – primarily the Konkan region – have been receiving incessant rain over the past few days, leaving thousands stranded in floods and landslides.

“Thirty-three dead bodies recovered, 52 still missing. Rescue operation will resume in the morning. A total of 32 houses have been destroyed,” Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde was reported as saying after a visit to Tilaye village in Raigad following landslide due to excessive rain.

Satara district in Western Maharashtra has also been battered by the rain and several people have been reportedly swept away by the floodwaters, an official was reported as saying by news agency PTI. The official put the death count in Satara at 27.

Other fatalities included those reported from eastern districts such as Gondia and Chandrapur, he said.

At least 84,452 people, including over 40,000 in Kolhapur district, were shifted to safer places in Western Maharashtra’s Pune division, officials said. At least 54 villages have been completed affected due to the floods while 821 were partially affected in Kolhapur where the Panchganga river is flowing at a level higher than that witnessed during the peak of floods in 2019, officials said.