India: Severe flooding hits Mumbai and Maharashtra

Massive rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rains continue to wreak havoc in Mumbai and adjoining areas of the state of Maharashtra in India. In some parts of Maharashtra, more than 1 meter of rain fell in 48 hours.

In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi district on July 23, 2021. Rescue operations are ongoing, but media reports say 7 people died and 3 were injured. Last week, at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after several homes collapsed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vihroli in heavy rain and landslides on July 18.

Vast areas of the state of Maharashtra were severely affected by the flooding, leading to extensive rescue operations in several districts. Hundreds of people have been rescued so far, and many more need help.

The National Disaster Response Force of India (NDRF) sent teams to Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Thane and Palghar districts. Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Army units have joined the rescue and relief efforts in several areas, particularly Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.

The Indian Air Force is also conducting rescue operations using helicopters at Chiplun in Ratnagiri, where floodwaters are so high that residents are taking shelter on rooftops.

Heavy rain caused several landslides in Mahad in Raigad district. On the evening of July 22, a landslide damaged 32 homes in the village of Talieh in Mahad. According to media reports, at least 5 people were killed and many are missing. Rescue operations are underway.

Nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded as train service on the Konkan rail route in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state was suspended on July 22.

Roads were closed throughout the region, including major highways such as the NH-4 Pune-Bangalore and the Mumbai-Goa highway.

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