Rescue workers in India fought through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach scores of submerged homes as the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by intense monsoon rain reached 125, according to official figures.
According to experts, the state of Maharashtra is seeing the greatest rainfall in July in four decades. Downpours that lasted for several days have had a devastating impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and major rivers are on the verge of bursting their banks.
With the recovery of four more bodies in Taliye, which is around 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Mumbai’s financial district, the death toll has risen to 42 following landslides that flattened most of the village’s dwellings, according to a senior Maharashtra government official.
“Approximately 40 people are still stranded. Because they’ve been trapped in mud for more than 36 hours, the chances of them being rescued alive are slim to none “According to the official, who did not want to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
Climate-related disasters have struck various parts of the world in recent weeks, including floods in China and Western Europe, heat waves in North America, and have sparked new concerns about the impact of global warming.
Parts of India’s west coast have received up to 594 mm (23 inches) of rain, prompting authorities to evacuate residents from high-risk areas and release water from dams that were poised to burst their bank accounts. During a 24-hour period, the mountainous station of Mahabaleshwar received the most rain it has ever received – 60 cm.
Rescuers were searching for victims of landslides in four additional locations throughout the state, according to the official.
According to the Maharashtra government, “about 90,000 people have been rescued from flood-damaged districts.” Authorities were releasing water from overflowing dams at the time of the announcement.
In other parts, the road was completely inundated, trapping thousands of trucks on a route connecting Mumbai with the southern technology capital of Bengaluru. The motorway was closed for more than 24 hours.
He expressed his sadness over the loss of life, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Anguished by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Raigad, Maharashtra. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
The situation in Maharashtra due to heavy rains is being closely monitored and assistance is being provided to the affected.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2021
According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet on Friday, “the situation in Maharashtra as a result of heavy rainfall is being monitored closely and assistance is being provided to the afflicted.”
Heavy rains in the southern state of Telangana triggered flooding in the state capital of Hyderabad and other low-lying areas, according to the National Weather Service.
The Indian Environmentalists Association has issued a warning that climate change and indiscriminate building in vulnerable coastal areas could result in additional disasters.
Environment economist Devendra Sharma said on Twitter that the rainstorm that lashed Mahabaleshwar “is an unmistakable warning against any further tampering with the ecologically fragile Western Ghats.” He was referring to a range of hills along India’s west coast that are home to a number of endangered species.