Indian Army has mobilised teams to Maharashtra, which has been hit by heavy rainfall that triggered landslides and flooding in several districts of the state. Over 130 people have died in rain-related incidents, including multiple landslides. At least 84,452 people, including over 40,000 in Kolhapur district, were moved to safer places
The Army under ''Operation Varsha'' has mobilised colums in action for flood relief in the state. A total of 15 relief and rescue teams comprising troops from Aundh Military Station and Bombay Engineer Group based at Pune have been deployed overnight in affected areas of Ratnagiri, Kolhapur and Sangli districts of the state.
The Army said based on request by the civil administration it has mobilised flood relief and rescue teams to assist the local administration in flood affected areas - in the districts of Ratnagiri, Raigad, Pune, Satara and Kolhapur and Sangli.
The Coast Guard has extended the facility of its airbase at Ratnagiri to Indian Navy and Indian Air Force aircraft to operate from this base for rescue and relief operations in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced compensation of 5 lakh each for the families of those who lost their lives in the landslides caused by torrential rainfall in various parts of the state.
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In a dramatic rescue act, two linesmen, stuck mid-air for more than an hour over a swollen river in Palghar district of Maharashtra, were rescued by the National Disaster Response Force. At least 138 people have died in rain-related incidents, including multiple landslides, in the state. Several districts - primarily the Konkan region - have been receiving incessant rain over the past few days."
The rain intensity in flood-hit Kolhapur district in Maharashtra reduced on Saturday afternoon, leading to a slight fall in the water level of the Panchganga river, officials said.
However, at 55.2 feet, the river is still flowing way above the danger mark, which is 43 feet.
The water level of the Panchganga river was recorded at 55.2 feet at the Rajaram weir on Saturday noon. It had reached 56 feet at 6 AM, officials said, adding the intensity of rains has reduced since this morning.
(source: Press Trust of India)
#WATCH | Maharashtra: Tandulwadi & Kanegaon villages of Sangli district submerge due to overflowing Varna river.- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
"Our houses & farmlands are completely submerged in floodwater. NDRF team hasn't arrived yet. No rescue operation has been conducted by govt," says Pankaj, a villager pic.twitter.com/2YP0zSUneJ
According to the Relief and Rehabilitation Department, 59 people are missing so far due to floods following heavy rainfall in Maharashtra.
#WATCH Tandulwadi village in Sangali district flooded due to heavy rainfall in the region; rescue and relief operations underway- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
76 people have lost their lives due to floods in the state#MaharashtraFloodspic.twitter.com/GsI0HV0N25
Five bodies have been recovered on Saturday from the landslide site at Ambeghar village in Satara district of Maharashtra, an official said.
The district administration had said that at least 16 people are feared trapped in the landslide at this village located in Patan tehsil as four to five houses were buried under the debris.
(source: Press Trust of India)
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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has enhanced the number of its teams from 18 to 26 for undertaking rescue operations in the coastal areas of Maharashtra that have been hit by heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides.
A spokesperson for the federal contingency force said these teams are being deployed in Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Satara, Sangli, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Nagpur for rescue and relief work after consultation with the state administration.
The eight new teams have been airlifted by an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft from an NDRF base in Odisha, he said.
(source: Press Trust of India)
Traffic on the South Western Railway route continues to remain affected for the second consecutive day today, a day after two landslides occurred on the Goa-Karnataka border besides the derailment of a train in the section, an official said.
The landslides took place on Friday morning in the ghat (hilly) section of Hubballi division of South Western Railway - between Dudhsagar and Sonaulim, and between Caranzol and Dudhsagar.
A senior official of the South Western Railway said that a train running between Mangaluru Junction and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai, which had been diverted from the Konkan Railway route due to overflowing Vashishti river near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, derailed on the South Western Railway's Dudhsagar-Sonaulim section in Goa on Friday morning.
The South Western Railway said it had already taken several contingency measures before the start of the rainy season. These measures were taken at suitable stations for any exigency in the ghat section during heavy rainfall, it said.
"As part that, JCB and other machines, and wagon loaded with boulders were kept ready at Castle Rock, Tinaighat and Kulem. They have been pressed into service to the spot of landslide along with the tram of trained technicians to carry out restoration of track/train services at the earliest," the South Western Railway said.
Goa's Vasco railway police inspector Rajan Nigale said that the three scheduled trains on the South Western Railway have been diverted/cancelled or diverted for a day though the debris on the track has been cleared.
Maharashtra: Taliye village of Raigad district ravaged by landslide due to incessant rainfall yesterday, houses destroyed.- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
A resident, Ankita says, "My house is gone. This had never happened before. People had built new houses and had taken loans for them. Everything is gone." pic.twitter.com/P79LBJKY8X
Maharashtra Rain Update: On civil authorities' request, 7 Naval Flood Rescue Teams from Mumbai deployed to Ratnagiri & Raigad dists. One Seaking 42C Helicopter from Mumbai deployed for aerial reconnaissance at Poladpur/Raigad. One ALH helo from Goa positioned at Ratnagiri for relief/rescue.
Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy mobilises resources to provide assistance to State and District administrations of affected areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa that are reeling under flooding of both urban and rural areas due to incessant rains. pic.twitter.com/WMNHyDfv5M- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
The Maharashtra government on Friday announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of people who have died in landslides triggered by heavy rains in different parts of the state.
Maharashtra: A large number of goods vehicles stranded on Kolhapur Highway, as vehicular movement halted due to floods in Kolhapur. Visuals from Peth Naka in Sangli- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
A truck driver says, "We're stuck here since last night. Mobile network affected too. We can't even get tea here." pic.twitter.com/D7OXwXYcnt
Floods in Maharashtra & Goa | In addition to helicopters, India Air Force deploys one C-17 Globemaster & 2 C-130 Super Hercules to ferry 170 personnel & 21 tonnes of load for NDRF from Bhubaneswar to Pune, Ratnagiri & Goa in preparation for Humanitarian Assistance&Disaster Relief pic.twitter.com/TSWW58L06p- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
One person died, around 1,000 houses were damaged and hundreds of people evacuated from low-lying parts inundated due to heavy rains and overflowing of rivers as Goa reeled under one of the worst floods in nearly 40 years.
At least 54 villages have been completed affected due to the floods while 821 were partially affected in Kolhapur where the Panchganga river is flowing at a level higher than that witnessed during the peak of floods in 2019, officials said.
There were landslides at Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages during the night, burying a total of eight houses, said senior police official Ajay Kumar Bansal.
Satara district in Western Maharashtra has also been battered by the rain and several people have been reportedly swept away by the floodwaters. Officials put the death count in Satara at 27.
Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde, who visited Tilaye village in Raigad following a landslide, was reported as saying "33 bodies have been recovered, 52 are still missing. Rescue operation will resume in the morning. A total of 32 houses have been destroyed."
At least 84,452 people, including over 40,000 in Kolhapur district, have been moved to safer places in Western Maharashtra's Pune division, officials said.