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Maharashtra monsoon mayhem: 112 killed, 99 missing in rain-related incidents; numbers likely to increase

These numbers are likely to increase as rescue officials are operating in various locations, mainly from the landslide site at Mahad taluka in the Raigad district.
 

Maharashtra monsoon mayhem several killed, missing in rain-related incidents; numbers likely to increase-dnm
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Mumbai, First Published Jul 25, 2021, 10:09 AM IST
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Mumbai: As many as 112 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents while 99 were still missing in Maharashtra till Saturday night, the Relief and Rehabilitation Department said. A total of 53 people were injured and 3,221 animals have died.

Around 875 villages have been affected and 135,313 people have been moved from the flood-affected areas.

These numbers are likely to increase as rescue officials are operating in various locations, mainly from the landslide site at Mahad taluka in the Raigad district.

"As per the data of July 24 at 9.30 pm, about 1 lakh 35 thousand people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas. A total of 112 deaths have been reported and 3221 animals have died. A total of 53 people were injured and 99 are missing," Relief and Rehabilitation Department told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, floodwater has entered the roads and fields, submerging many areas of the Sangli district in Maharashtra.

Locals of the area are keeping around the clock vigil and alerting the passersby of the rising water levels.

"Situation is not okay. Water is receding towards Samdoli now. Many cars are also stuck here," said Sumit, a local.

On Saturday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) carried out an extensive search for missing persons in Maharashtra's Raigad, Ratnagiri and Satara districts. 26 teams of the NDRF are engaged in relief and rescue operations in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Raigad, Sahara, Sangli, Sindhudurg Nagar and Kolhapur in coordination with the state administration. Additional eight teams were airlifted to Maharashtra-- four each from Kolkata and Vadodara.

Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had visited the landslide-affected area in Taliye Village in Mahad. While speaking to the media, he said, "Flooding is witnessed in Western Maharashtra during the monsoon due to the rise in water level of rivers. Hence, a policy will be formulated for the management of water in this region. Everyone will be taken care of.''

The State Disaster Response Fund has allocated a fund of Rs 2 crore each for Ratnagiri and Raigad districts, and Rs 50 lakh has been released for all other affected districts for immediate action.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has announced that financial help of Rs 5 lakh each will be given to the kin of the victims, while the Central government has also granted Rs 2 lakh along with ration kits.

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