Death toll from rain-related incidents in India climbs to 129
Published: 11:16 AM, 24 July 2021
As many as 129 people have died in rain-related incidents including multiple landslides in India's Maharashtra in the last two days, a senior official from the state disaster management department said on Friday evening.
Most of the deaths are from Raigad and Satara districts. Fatalities were also reported from the eastern districts of Gondia and Chandrapur.
Of the 129 fatalities, 38 people died during a landslide in coastal Raigad district’s Mahad tehsil on Thursday, a senior official from the state disaster management department told PTI.
Besides, as many as 84,452 people under the Pune division were evacuated on Friday, officials said adding that many people have been swept away in floodwaters and are missing.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a “red alert” for Satara, forecasting "extremely heavy rainfall" in the next 24 hours in the hilly `ghat' areas of this Western Maharashtra district where about 30 persons are missing and 27 others died after landslides. The IMD has also issued an “orange alert” for Pune and Kolhapur districts.
Union home minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday and took stock of the situation. Amit Shah said the Centre is extending all possible help to the Maharashtra government to deal with the emerging situation in the state. - TOI, PTI