Landslide in Mahad damages over 30 houses; more than 70 people missing

Officials from the civic body, police and other teams rushed to the spot, however, the rescue operation has slowed down due to the heavy rainfall in the locality.

Landslide in Mahad damages over 30 houses; more than 70 people missing

Officials from Mahad reported an incident late in the evening on Thursday, July 22, 2021, where a landslide affected as many as 32 houses in the locality. After receiving the information about the same, the police, officials from the administration and the rescue teams immediately rushed to the spot. Relief work to rescue the citizens began soon after.

Preliminary information shared by the officials state that the landslide affected the houses in Taliye village in Mahad and over 75 people are  missing. The village of Taliye is located 14 km from Birwadi in Mahad taluka, and was hit by torrential rains in the evening on Thursday, between 5pm and 6pm.

Information regarding the incident and the missing people was shared by the Sarpanch of Taliye village. NDRF teams are working towards clearing the debris and finding the people from the rubble. However, the constant heavy rainfall is affecting the relief work which is said to be slowing down.

Meanwhile, another landslide was reported at Gunjali village located in Satara's Patan taluka. Officials believed that the rainfall and the crisis could affect the entire village, and keeping this in mind, the the administration has given orders to shift the villagers immediately.

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Torrential rainfall over the last few days have affected several parts of the state. Weather experts have warned the civic bodies in coastal districts. As per reports, heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane, Mumbai, Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara and Ahmednagar. Other districts in Maharashtra are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall.

The situation in Konkan has become critical and flooding has been reported in many coastal locations. Reports state that situation in Chiplun has worsened and considering the same, the water which was to be released in Konkan after Koyna power generation has been stopped. Administration in Konkan and Kolhapur, Sangli have been preparing to tackle the crisis over the next three days of predicted rainfall, said Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat.

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Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray discussed the rainfall and flood situation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, July 22. PM Modi assured that the central government will support the state in managing the crisis efficiently. Rescue teams have been put on alert to handle the crisis during emergency. 

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