The widespread heavy rains accompanied by strong winds caused severe rain-related incidents and landslides in the state of Maharashtra. The heavy rains killed 129 people in the last two days. More than 80,000 people under the Pune division are rescued to a safer place on Friday as the situation worsens in the state.
An official from the state disaster management said that the death toll in the state has reached 129 in just 48 hours. He added that most of the deaths are from two districts of Maharashtra, they are Satara and Raigad. 38 people died in a landslide that happened in the Raigad district during Maharashtra Rains.
More than 20 people died in the Satara district. Several people have been swept away in the floodwaters. Most of the casualties are reported from the eastern districts of the state.
On Thursday a landslide near Talai village in Raigad district took place. Senior police reported that 36 dead bodies have been found from the spot. National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams and other local officials are doing the rescue work.
The district collector of Raigad district, Nidhi Choudhary said that due to blocked roads, it is difficult for the rescue teams to reach the site. She added, “The operation resumed today morning and the dead bodies were recovered from the site by afternoon.”
According to officials, around 30 houses in the village have been completely damaged due to the incident caused by the heavy rains in the state.
Ajay Kumar Bansal, superintendent of police said that villages in the Satara’s Patan tehsil were also hit by the landslide. Total 8 houses were buried in the Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported from the spot so far.
Eleven people were evacuated after their bus was swept away in the Kolhapur district. An official said that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray is reviewing the situation in the state.