About 136 people have died due to heavy rain, flooding and landslides in Maharashtra. Ninety thousand people moved to safer places as heavy rains continue to battering Maharashtra, triggering landslides and floods in several districts.
The IMD has issued a red alert for Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts, forecasting "extremely heavy" rainfall. It seems no immediate relief even after deploying armed forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to carry out rescue operations.
On Saturday morning, a passenger train derailed after heavy rains and overflowing of the Vashishti River in Maharashtra. Landslides also hit two villages in Satara District burying a total of eight houses. Ten persons were also feared trapped after a landslide in Ratnagiri District. But no deaths have been confirmed by officials so far.
In the Pune division, 84,452 people, including 40,000 in Kolhapur district have already been shifted to safer places as rains continue to inundate the region. At least 39 roads, including 10 state highways are closed for traffic own to floods in Kolhapur district.
The Maharashtra government has announced a compensation of Rupees 5 lakh each to kin of people who have died in landslides. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rupees 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased.
Many factors contribute to flood situations but experts say climate change caused by global warming is responsible for more rainfall. Heavy rains and floods also hit China and Europe recently whereas America and Canada are under the grip of extreme heatwaves mainly due to uncontrolled forest fires.