54 killed in landslides, floods in Maharashtra

54 killed in landslides, floods in Maharashtra
Abhijit Sathe, Mahad (Maharashtra), Jul 26 (PTI) At least 54 people were killed today in the worst floods and landslides in Raigad district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in 16 years, a senior police official said.

At least 100 people were feared to have died in sleep at Jui village of the district this morning when 20-odd houses were razed by huge boulders that hurtled down following the landslide, district Superintendent of Police Rajkumar Vhatkar said.

Rescue operations at the village are yet to begin as the village was cut off from rest of the state, he said.

Thirty four people were killed in a landslide at Kondiwate. Three bodies have been removed from the debris, while rescue operations were on to trace other victims believed to be crushed under boulders, Vhatkar said.

In another landslide at Roha, eight persons were killed and three more perished in Poladpur, he said.

Six persons were killed yesterday in landslides and drowning across the district, the official said.

In Mahad, three persons were drowned when their car was washed away in flood waters. Two bodies have been recovered and efforts were on to trace the third one.

Navy pressed into service its helicopters which however could not reach the spot due to inclement weather. But rescue teams from nearby Mhasla reached the place by boats through a creek, Raigad Deputy Collector Sanjay Jadhav said.

This is the second major flood in Raigad after 1989 but this time the damage to lives and properties is more, Vhatkar said. Rescue and relief operations were launched on a war footing in most places and thousands of people were evacuated to safer places.

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