Maharashtra Rains: 129 Killed In Western Maharashtra, Konkan Region In 48 Hours

Officials said that the Panchganga river near Kolhapur city is flowing above the 2019 flood level.


In Maharashtra, 129 people were killed in rain-related incidents and landslides in the last two days, while 84,452 people were shifted to safer places under Pune division on Friday as heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in the state.

In Pune division of western Maharashtra, Incessant and heavy rains forced the administration to move 84,452 people to safer places. Of these, more than 40,000 are from Kolhapur district. Officials said that the Panchganga river near Kolhapur city is flowing above the 2019 flood level.

Along with Pune and Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts also come under the division. Satara has been badly affected by heavy rains and landslides. A senior official of the state disaster management department told PTI that 38 of the dead were due to landslides in coastal Raigarh district. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a new red alert for Satara district on Friday evening, forecasting heavy rains in the next 24 hours in the mountainous Ghat area of ​​the district, where about 30 people are missing after the landslide.

Eleven people, including eight Nepali workers aboard a bus, were rescued before it plunged into a river in Kolhapur district on Friday morning, police said. The official said, “The death toll in Maharashtra has reached 129 in the last 48 hours. Most of the deaths have occurred from Raigarh and Satara districts. He said that apart from landslides, many people were swept away in the flood waters. The official put the death toll at 27 in various incidents in western Maharashtra’s Satara district.

He informed that a landslide took place near Talai village of Mahad tehsil in Raigarh district on Thursday evening. NDRF teams and local officials are engaged in rescue operations in Mahad. Satara Grameen Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Bansal said that a total of eight houses were submerged in the landslide in Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages on Thursday night. But local authorities have not yet confirmed any deaths in either incident. Officials said that 10 people are feared to be trapped in the rubble after a landslide in Ratnagiri district with continuous heavy rains in the same state.

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