At least 112 people have died in the west Indian Maharashtra state, authorities said on Friday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and inundated lowlands, cutting off hundreds of villages.
Parts of India’s west coast received up to 23 inches of rain in 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that threatened to overflow.
“Very heavy and unexpected rains have triggered landslides in many places and inundated rivers,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the state government of Maharashtra, told reporters. “Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from the dams and therefore we are moving people living near river banks to safer places.
The navy and army were helping with rescue operations in coastal areas, he added.
At least 36 people were killed in Taliye, 112 miles southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide razed most of the small village, state minister Vijay Wadettiwar said. .
At least four people have died in Mumbai after a building collapsed, and 27 others have been killed in other parts of Maharashtra due to landslides and accidents linked to heavy rains, officials said. state government.
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Several dozen people were also reportedly trapped in landslides in Satara and Raigad districts, said a state government official who requested anonymity.
Due to the heavy rains and flooding of the rivers, it is difficult for us to move the life-saving devices quickly, ”he said.
Thousands of trucks were stranded on a national highway connecting Mumbai to the southern tech hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in places, another Maharashtra government official said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and clean water, he said.
Rivers were also overflowing in the neighboring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana, where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials said.
The seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and massive displacements across South Asia each year, but they also provide more than 70 percent of India’s rainfall and are crucial for farmers.