Just like every other monsoon season in Maharashtra, this year too the state is going through a lot of natural disasters.
Floods triggered landslides in the western state of Maharashtra, killing at least 36 people. Due to severe rain and flooding houses in the Raigad district were swept away.
Numerous bodies have been recovered by the rescuers from under the debris. Still, more people are feared to be missing.
However, heavy downpours and foggy conditions are causing problems in the rescue operations.
Maharashtra is experiencing its heaviest monsoon season in July in 40 years. Although the experts suggest it is a direct result of climate change.
The state’s largest city, Mumbai got hit with a landslide. Other than that, a wall collapsed because of extreme rainfall, leading to the death of more than 30 people.
According to Nidhi Chaudhary, Raigad district collector, 32 people died at Taliye village and four were killed in Mahad city.
Maharashtra’s chief minister, Udhav Thackeray, called an emergency meeting. He asked officials to immediately provide aid to those affected.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to Mr Thackeray regarding the situation and assured him of full support.
The Indian navy and the National Disaster Management Force (NDRF) are helping the rescuers who are struggling to find the bodies in Raigad.
And since the bridges and mobile towers in the area collapsed in the flooding, the site has been cut off completely.
Authorities have asked stuck residents to go to rooftops from where the rescuers can spot them via helicopters.
In Mumbai, two people died and 10 were injured when a residential building collapsed in the city’s Govandi area on Friday.
In addition to this, train services have been suspended as the areas have turned into flood zones.
The weather experts say heavy rains will continue to blow the city over the next few days.
Hefty rains in Mumbai are not unusual. The city experiences flooding every year during the monsoon season, but the intensity of the rains has amplified in recent years.
Experts also blame climate change and the changing weather patterns for the extreme conditions.