36 people have died in landslides in Maharashtra's Raigad district as incessant rain continued to batter the Konkan region of the state, leaving thousands stranded in floods and landslides.
Helicopters are being used to evacuate people from the flood-hit regions in Raigad, about 70 km from Mumbai.
The deaths happened in three landslides which took place yesterday, with 32 bodies being found in one spot and four others in another location. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who took stock of the situation in Maharashtra, spoke with local authorities today.
In parts of the coastal town of Chiplun in neighbouring Ratnagiri district, around 250 km from Mumbai, water levels rose as high as 12 feet following 24 hours of uninterrupted rain that caused the Vashishti river to overflow, submerging roads and homes. Power supply has been snapped in the town and phone connections are patchy. A dedicated Covid hospital was surrounded by flood waters and patients were seen being rescued in boats.
Two rescue teams from the navy, 12 local relief teams, two from the coastguard, and three from the National Disaster Response Team (NDRF) have been deployed in the inundated areas. The navy deployed seven rescue teams equipped with rubber boats, life jackets and life buoys to the affected areas, along with a helicopter to airlift marooned residents.Specialist navy divers accompanied each team with diving equipment.