Raigad: A total of 44 bodies have been retrieved from the debris till now from 2 locations in the Tilaye village of Maharashtra’s Raigad after a landslide caused by excessive rain, District Collector, Nidhi Chaudhary informed on Thursday.
35 injured are under treatment. Total 6 locations experienced landslides in Raigad district, she added.
At one location, a rescue operation is still underway. According to officials and staff present at the spot, around 50 more people are feared trapped under the debris.
Previously, Maharashtra’s Urban Development and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde had stated that 80 to 85 people were missing, out of which, 33 bodies were recovered, with many trapped under debris. He also said that teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with local agencies were carrying out the rescue operations.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced ex-gratia of 5 lakh each for the kin of those who lost their lives in the landslides caused by torrential rainfall in various parts of the state.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the state will also incur the costs of treatment for those injured.
“CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has announced Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of those who lost their lives in the landslides caused by torrential rainfall. The state will also incur the costs of treatment for those injured,” CMO wrote in a tweet.
It was reported that at least 36 people have lost their lives due to incessant rain-triggered landslides in the Raigad district of the state and said that rescue operations are underway.
After taking stock of the situation, Uddhav Thackeray told reporters, “Due to landslides in Talai village, Raigad around 35 people have lost their lives. Rescue operation is underway at many places. I have ordered the evacuation and relocation of people who are living in areas where there is a possibility of landslide.”
“NDRF and other rescue teams are facing problems reaching to the flood-affected areas in Chiplun as the roads and bridges are damaged. The situation remains tense”, said the Chief Minister.
Several areas in Maharashtra have witnessed devastation because of incessant rain over the past few days. The Chief Minister was informed about the flood situation in Mahad by the Raigad District Collector. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.
(With Agency Inputs)