Mass rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rains continue to wreak havoc in Mumbai and surrounding areas of India's Maharashtra state. In some areas of Maharashtra, more than 1 meter of precipitation fell in 48 hours.
In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi area on July 23, 2021. Rescue operations continue, but according to media reports, 7 people were killed and 3 were injured. Last week, at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after the destruction of several houses in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vihroli in heavy rain and landslides on 18 July.
Large areas of Maharashtra State were severely affected by flooding, leading to massive rescue operations in several counties. By now, hundreds of people have been saved, and many more need help.
India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dispatched teams to Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Tane and Palgar areas. Units of the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Army have joined the rescue and relief efforts in several areas, notably in the Ratnagiri and Raigad areas.
The Indian Air Force is also conducting rescue operations using helicopters at Chiplun in Ratnagiri, where flood waters are so high that residents take shelter on rooftops.
Heavy rain has caused several landslides in Mahad in the Raigad area. On the evening of July 22, a landslide damaged 32 houses in the village of Talie in Mahad. According to media reports, at least 5 people have died and many are missing. Rescue operations are underway.
Nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded as trains on the Konkan railroad in the Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra were suspended on 22 July.
Roads have been closed throughout the region, including major highways such as the NH-4 Pune-Bangalore and the Mumbai-Goa highway.