Maharashtra: At least six dead, 95 evacuated in last 24 hours
AT LEAST SIX persons died in rain-related incidents over the past 24 hours and 95 people were evacuated as heavy rain battered Gadchiroli, Nandurbar, Nashik and Palghar districts of Maharashtra. Most of the evacuations were done in Gadchiroli, Nashik, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, and Raigad districts.
Two persons were killed after a structure collapsed in a Mumbai suburb while one person drowned in the Gadchiroli district in east Maharashtra.
In Nagpur, an SUV got washed away in a stream at Pandharkhedi. District Collector Vimla Iyengar said six persons were travelling in the vehicle, of which bodies of only three – two males and a female – have been recovered yet. She said the incident occurred on Nanda Chatrapur road. The search operation, which was called off late in the evening, will resume on Wednesday.
In Nashik district, three people were reported missing in the Peth Surgana area. Nashik District Collector D Gangatharan said search was on for them. In Nashik city, Godavari river is flowing close to the danger level.
The downpour is likely to continue in these districts as the India Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rainfall warning until Thursday. A red alert indicating extremely heavy rain till Thursday has been issued for Nashik (ghat areas), Pune, Palghar, and Raigad.
An SDRF report said that 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and three of its own were deployed in vulnerable districts of the state.
Incessant showers affected ten villages in Gadchiroli, Nandurbar, and Mumbai suburban regions. Since June 1, 249 villages across 27 districts in the state have been affected by rain. As many as 84 people and 180 animals have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since June 1.
Gadchiroli District Collector on Tuesday requested Irrigation department Additional Chief Secretary Bhushan Gagrani to ask Telangana to reduce discharge from SIP barrage which may have led to flooding in the district.
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