As the search for missing persons continues, Indian monsoon death toll rises India News
The Meteorological Department warned that there will be more downpours in the coming days as rescuers search for missing persons in the mud.
Floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains in India have killed more than 135 people, and rescuers are looking for dozens of missing people on Sunday.
Since Thursday, the west coast of the country has been flooded by heavy rains, and the Indian Meteorological Department has warned that there will be more downpours in the coming days.
In Maharashtra, 114 people were killed on Thursday, more than 40 of them were killed in a landslide that hit the hillside village of Taliye in southern Mumbai.
Relatives of villager Jayram Mahaske are still trapped. He told AFP that when the landslide occurred, “many people were washed away while trying to escape”.
Local residents told AFP that it razed dozens of houses to the ground within minutes, leaving only two concrete structures standing and cutting off the power source.
Rescuers are clearing the mud and debris, looking for at least 99 people who are still missing.
“My entire team is now involved in rescue operations,” Rajesh Yavale, an inspector of the National Disaster Response Force, who is responsible for coordinating rescue operations in the village, told AFP. Many corpses were washed away and some of them were found stuck in Among the trees downstream.
More than a dozen people were killed in two separate landslides south of Mumbai.
In parts of Chiplun, after 24 hours of uninterrupted rain flooding roads and houses, the water level rose to nearly 20 feet (6 meters) on Thursday.
According to reports, 8 patients in a local COVID hospital also died after the power to the ventilator was cut off by the flood.
In the neighbouring state of Goa, a woman drowned and a state government official told the Press Trust of India that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant called it “the worst flood since 1982.”
In the coastal plains across the states of Maharashtra and Goa, the flood level still rose after the river burst its banks.
Frightened residents climbed up the roofs and upstairs to escape the swelling sea.
Officials said that in Karnataka further south, the death toll rose from three to nine overnight, and four others were missing.
Electricity supplies to 11 affected areas were interrupted, and officials added that large tracts of land had lost crops.
During India’s treacherous monsoon season, floods and landslides are common, and it is common to see poorly constructed buildings bending after several days of rain.
Authorities said that before dawn on Friday, a building in a slum in Mumbai collapsed, killing four people.
Less than a week after the incident, at least 34 people were killed when several houses in the city were crushed by collapsed walls and landslides.
According to a report released in April by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), climate change is making India’s monsoon stronger.
The report warned that food, agriculture and the economy could have serious consequences, affecting nearly one-fifth of the world’s population.