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Maharashtra rain, flood toll crosses 130 mark; 85 missing in Raigad, 36 bodies found
Nearly one lakh people have been shifted to safer places in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and other districts. In Raigad district, a hillock collapsed in Taliya village burying 32 houses. Thirty six bodies have been recovovered and 85 are missinhg. Eleven more died in landslide in Kevanale village. First time in its history, Mahabaleshwar hill station in Satara district recorded 60 cm of rainfall in 24 hours. Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard have been deployed to rescue the marooned.

MUMBAI, July 24: Over 130 people died in landslides and house collapses in Maharashtra's Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara and other districts on Friday following two days of incessant rains. The rains will continue, says the weatherman. Personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard were deployed to rescue marooned people. Areas of western Goa and Karnataka have also been flooded.

Nearly one lakh people have moved to safer places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar and other districts. Army has deployed 15 teams in Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad and Sangli districts of the State for rescue operations.

As heavy rains continued overnight and the rivers were overflowing, 85,000 people have been relocated in Pune region.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced Rs 5 lakh relief each for the kin of those who lost their lives.

In Raigad district, a hillock collapsed in Taliya village burying 32 houses, 85 people are missing, 36 bodies have been recovered. Another 11 people died in landslide in Kevanale village in the district.

In Ratnagiri, three people died and 14 are missing after a hillock collapsed in Posare village.

Four people died of wall collapses in Mumbai.

In Satara district, seven people died and 30 are missing after landslides.

The rains created history in Mahabaleshwar hill station in Satara district on the Western Ghats, recording 60 cm of rainfall in 24 hours.

Early Friday morning, 11 people including eight Nepalese workers were rescued when the bus they were travelling in was swept away by an overflowing river in Kolhapur district.

Crops like sugarcane, soyabean, vegetables, rice, pomegranate and cotton, spread over 57,000 hectares in Pune, Solapur, Satara and Sangli districts have been damaged.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the loss of lives the landslides in Raigad and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased in the landslide incidents

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