Maharashtra Floods: Toll climbs to 192, 25 still missing

Maharashtra Floods: Toll climbs to 192, 25 still missing

According to the State Disaster Management Authority, the death toll in flood-ravaged Maharashtra shot up to 192 on Monday, July 26, while another 25 are still missing. The water has now started to recede. Even the Pune-Bengaluru national highway that had to be shut for vehicular movement due to water logging has now open after a four-day gap.

As many as 48 people injured are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur, while a few victims of hill-slides in Raigad have been admitted to specialised hospitals in Mumbai.

In the biggest flood rescue operation in the state in decades 3.7 lakh people have been evacuated, the bulk of them from Sangli district. This was followed by Kolhapur, Satara,  Thane and Sindhudurg. Majority of the people that have been rescued have been housed in 259 relief camps. 

The water was as high as 20 feet high in some places. Even though there has been some respite, the Panchganga and Krishna rivers in Western Maharashtra remain over the danger mark.

The torrential rains have been battering Konkan and western Maharashtra since last Thursday. As a result of these rain, there have many landslides that have lead to widespread devastation and loss of life. As per reports more than 290 roads have been damanaged. Further, 9.5 lakh households did not have electricity for the last two days. Rescue operations are still going in some of the places. 

Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar toured various rain-hit villages in Sangli district on Monday. He had to use a rescue boat to reach out to flood victims in some of these areas. On the other hand, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had to cut short his aerial survey of Satara district as his helicopter could not land due to poor visibility.

As per the prediction by IMD, Konkan, Goa and the ghat areas of central Maharashtra are expected to receive widespread rain over the next three days. 

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