Death toll from Flood in India rises to 135 while search for missing people continues

Rescuers were scouring the mud and debris for at least 99 others still missing [EPA]

More than 135 people have died in India as a result of flooding and landslides caused by strong monsoon rains, with rescuers looking for dozens more on Sunday.

Since Thursday, torrential rains have lashed the country's western coast, with the India Meteorological Department predicting more rain in the coming days.

More than 40 people were killed in a landslide in the hilly village of Taliye, south of Mumbai, on Thursday, killing 114 people across Maharashtra state.

When the landslide came, villager Jayram Mahaske, whose family was stranded, told the AFP news agency that "many people were washed away as they were trying to run away."

Local locals told AFP that it crushed scores of homes in minutes, leaving only two concrete structures intact and shutting off the power supply.

Rescuers were searching through the muck and rubble for at least 99 more people who had gone missing.

Many victims have washed away, with some finding entangled amid trees downstream, according to Rajesh Yawale, a National Disaster Response Force inspector who was directing rescue operations in the area.

A dozen more people were killed in two landslides south of Mumbai.

On Thursday, water levels in sections of Chiplun soared to nearly 20 feet (6 meters) after 24 hours of nonstop rain flooded roads and homes.

Eight patients at a local COVID hospital are said to have perished after the floodwaters cut off electricity to ventilators.

A woman perished in Goa state, state officials said the Press Trust of India, in what Chief Minister Pramod Sawant described as the "worst floods since 1982."

Floodwater levels remained high in the coastal plains of Maharashtra and Goa after rivers breached their banks.

To escape the rising waves, terrified inhabitants rushed onto rooftops and upper levels.

The death toll in Karnataka state jumped from three to nine overnight, with four more people missing, officials said.

In the 11 districts affected, power was out, and crop losses were reported across large swaths of land, according to officials.

During India's dangerous monsoon season, flooding and landslides are prevalent, and poorly constructed buildings frequently buckle after days of nonstop rain.

Authorities reported a structure collapsed in a Mumbai slum just before daybreak on Friday, killing four people.

The tragedy occurred less than a week after numerous homes were crushed by a fallen wall and a landslide in the city, killing at least 34 people.

According to a report published in April by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), climate change is making India's monsoons stronger.

Nearly a fifth of the world's population might be affected by the report's dire predictions for food, farming, and the economy.

Publish : 2021-07-25 15:33:00

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