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36 people killed, thousands trapped in landslides in Maharashtra Maharashtra Landslides
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36 people killed, thousands trapped in landslides in Maharashtra

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Jul 2021, 03:47 pm

Raigad/IBNS: Landslides in Maharashtra's Raigad district have killed at least 36 people while thousands have been stranded as incessant rains lashed Konkan region of the state.

Rescue teams are using helicopters to evacuate the trapped people. Authorities have appealed to distressed people to go to the rooftops or heights so that the rescue teams in the helicopters can easily spot and evacuate them.

Maharashtra is battered by heaviest rainfall the state has ever received in the month of July.

The non-stop rains triggered three landslides on Thursday, killing dozens of people.

The NDTV report said that thirty two bodies were recovered from one spot while four others were found in another location.

The Vashishti river in Chiplun town of Ratnagiri district overflowed, inundating the city, following continuous rain for 24 hours.

Patients from a dedicated Covid hospital, submerged in rainwater, were rescued in boats.

Rescue teams from Navy, NDRF, coastguard apart from local relief teams have been deployed in the worst-hit areas.

The weather department has issued red alerts for several parts of the state warning that heavy rains will continue for the next few days.