At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide razed most of the small village, government officials said. ‘State. The death toll also includes 27 deaths reported in Satara district in the past 48 hours, a representative from the state’s disaster management, relief and rehabilitation department told CNN.
In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra, 59 people died and 15 others were killed in accidents linked to heavy rains, state government officials said. AAnother 84 deaths are due to the coastal district of Raigad, according to an official of the National Disaster Response Force on Monday.
The toll rose after 31 people missing after Thursday’s landslide were confirmed dead.
As of Thursday, Maharashtra, as well as the neighboring states of Goa, Karnataka and Telangana, have faced heavy rainfall. In Maharashtra, the Radhanagari Dam overflowed and the Panchganga River saw the water level rise, submerging low areas nearby. Rescue operations continue in these interior districts, towards the south of the state and along the border with Karnataka.
The National Disaster Response Force, Indian Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and State authorities have all been deployed as part of the effort to rescue.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra on Friday, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall and recommending preventive action. The official said that Kolhapur and Sangli districts are still on high alert, Reuters reported.
Parts of India’s west coast received up to 594 millimeters (23 inches) of rain over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from threatening dams to overflow.
“Very heavy and unexpected rains have caused landslides in many places and rivers to flood,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the state government of Maharashtra, told reporters.
“Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from the dams and therefore we are moving people living near river banks to safer places, ”he said.
Thackeray was scheduled to visit areas affected by the flooding, but his helicopter was unable to land due to poor visibility, according to a Twitter thread released by his office on Monday.
On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced compensation of $ 2,686 for the families of the victims and $ 671 for the injured.
Thousands of trucks were stranded on a national highway connecting Mumbai to the southern tech hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in places, another Maharashtra government official said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and clean water, he said.
Rivers were also overflowing in the neighboring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana, where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials said.
The seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause massive deaths and displacement in South Asia each year, but they also provide over 70% of India’s rainfall and are crucial for farmers.