Five dead in Gadchiroli as heavy rains lash Nashik; CM, deputy CM visit district
At least five people were killed and two others reported missing in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli after heavy rains and incessant downpour led to a rise in water levels of several rivers in Nashik district, while Mumbai and its adjoining areas received moderate showers on Monday.
In Gadchiroli, a few people were travelling in a truck to attend the funeral of a villager when their vehicle was washed away in the rains, officials said. Three bodies were retrieved while two people were reported missing. Two more deaths were reported in separate incidents, details of which were not clear at the time of going to the press.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the district in Vidarbha area of the state to assess the damage.
They were to take an IAF helicopter from Nagpur but due to bad weather, took the road to Gadchiroli where they were briefed about the situation by Dr Madhavi Khode, the divisional commissioner of Nagpur.
Meanwhile, heavy rains continued to lash Nashik district, causing a rise in water levels of several rivers and submerging many temples located on the bed of the Godavari river, officials said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a “red” alert for Nashik district till July 14, forecasting heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours.
Aseem Gupta from the state relief and rehabilitation department said, “Bhamragad area with 125 villages was cut off.”
Meanwhile, Shinde and Fadnavis visited the Painganga river which was flooded.
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