Landslides in West India Kill Dozens, More Trapped in Floods | Weather News


At least 36 people have died and 1,000 more trapped by the floodwaters as monsoon rains hit the state of Maharashtra.

Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have hit parts of western India, killing at least 36 people and leading to the overnight rescue of more than 1,000 others trapped by the flood waters, according to reports. responsible.

Three landslides hit Raigad district on Thursday, a local official told AFP news agency on Friday, as continued rains left thousands stranded in Maharashtra state, home to the Indian capital. of finance and entertainment, Mumbai.

“At least 35 to 40 people are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” the official said.

Raigad district collector Nidhi Chaudhary said many people were stranded on rooftops and even atop buses on highways, she said.

Chaudhary said the rains had slowed and water levels were dropping on Friday, making it easier for rescuers to reach the area.

Elsewhere in the region, a house collapsed on Friday after heavy rains in the Shivaji Nagar area of ​​east Mumbai, killing two and injuring eight, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

In Ratnagiri district, 200 people were rescued from hilly areas on Thursday after heavy rains, according to PTI.

In the coastal town of Chiplun, home to 70,000 residents, more than half of the area has been flooded, the news agency reported.

BN Patil, administrator of Ratnagiri district, said he had requested assistance from the army, coast guard and the National Disaster Response Force for the rescue operations.

This photograph provided by the Indian Air Force shows flooding in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra [Indian Air Force via AP]

An Indian Navy statement said it had deployed helicopters to evacuate stranded people and sent rescue teams with boats to the area.

Over the past weekend, more than 30 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in and around Mumbai.

Authorities sounded the alarm in Telangana state in southern India on Friday as heavy rains caused flooding in the state capital, Hyderabad, and other poor areas. altitude.

Meteorologists said 300mm (11.8 inches) of rain has fallen so far this month in Hyderabad, known as one of India’s information technology hubs – the highest number for July in 10 years.

The valves for one of the main reservoirs, Osman Sagar, were opened for the first time in 10 years to drain excess water.

Disasters caused by landslides and floods are common in India during the monsoon season from June to September, when heavy rains weaken the foundations of often poorly constructed structures.

Monsoon is crucial for rainfed crops planted during the season, but the rains often cause extensive damage and kill many people each year.

Experts said the heavy rainfall along India’s west coast is in line with how rainfall patterns have changed in the region in recent years due to climate change.

“The frequency and intensity of heavy rains have increased,” said Roxy Mathew Koll, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in the western city of Pune.

He added that the warming Arabian Sea was causing more cyclones and more intense rainfall over short periods of time.

“Every year we have to be ready on the west coast,” he said.


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