76 dead in Maharashtra floods; Raigad worst affected

Maharashtra Rains: 90,000 persons evacuated to safety so far from nine districts

By Jasleen Kaur - July 24, 2021 10:07 am

Maharashtra rain and Raigad landslide: At least 76 persons died, 38 others injured and 59 are missing after many areas in Maharashtra were hit by floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday.

Raigad district seems the worst-affected by the rain fury where 47 persons lost their lives, including 37 in the landslide at Taliye village on Thursday, according to the state disaster management department.

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Pawar said 90,000 persons were evacuated to safety so far from nine districts, hit by heavy rains over the past four days.

Parts of Raigad and Ratnagiri districts in the coastal Konkan region and Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra have been worst affected by the floods caused due to heavy rains. As many as 21 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been working with 14 teams of the Army, the Coast Guard and others in the rain-ravaged districts. Four teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have also joined the evacuation operations.

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As per a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) earlier in the day, 76 persons died and 38 others were injured in the floods that ravaged parts of the state while 30 persons went missing.

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A senior official of the state disaster management department said as many as 129 persons had died in rain-related incidents, including multiple landslides, in Maharashtra over the two previous days.

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Ajit Pawar said the state government had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of the victims killed in floods and landslides while the Centre had announced Rs 2 lakh each.

Earlier in the day, five bodies were recovered from the landslide site at Ambeghar village in Satara district, an official had said.

Pawar also said the government had decided to distribute ration kits in these affected areas.

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