After the floods and landslides, the rescue team tried to reach the submerged houses in India
On Saturday, the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by heavy rain rose to 125. Indian rescue teams struggled through thick silt and debris to reach dozens of submerged houses.
Experts say that Maharashtra is suffering the heaviest rainfall in four decades.
Downpours that lasted for several days have seriously affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and major rivers are in danger of breaking their banks.
A senior government official in Maharashtra said that in Taliye, about 180 kilometers southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, most houses in the village were razed to the ground by a landslide, and four more bodies were salvaged and died. The number rose to 42.
“About 40 people are still trapped. They have been trapped in the mud for more than 36 hours and the chance of surviving is very small,” said the official, who was not authorized to talk to the media and declined to be named. .
The official said rescuers are looking for landslide victims in four other places in the state.
Rainfall in parts of India’s west coast was as high as 594 mm, forcing authorities to move people out of vulnerable areas when they were releasing water from a dam about to overflow. Mahabaleshwar hill station recorded the highest rainfall ever.
Tens of thousands rescued
The Maharashtra state government said in a statement: “About 90,000 people were rescued from the flood-affected areas,” because the authorities released water from the overflowing dam.
Thousands of trucks were trapped for more than 24 hours on the highway connecting Mumbai and the southern technology center of Bangalore, and parts of it were submerged.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) said that he was suffering from the loss of life.
Modi said on Twitter on Friday: “Due to the heavy rain, the situation in Maharashtra is being closely monitored and assistance is provided to those affected.”
In the southern state of Telangana, heavy rain caused flooding in the state capital Hyderabad and other low-lying areas.
Indian environmentalists warn that climate change and the indiscriminate construction of fragile coastal areas may lead to more disasters.
Environmental economist Devendra Sharma said on Twitter: “The heavy rain that hit Mahabalashwar…strongly warns against destroying the ecologically fragile Western Ghats.” He was referring to A series of hills on the west coast of India.