At least 129 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Maharahstra over the last two days as the state continues to receive heavy downpours. Among the deceased are 38 people who were killed in a landslide in Raigad district’s Talai village on Thursday. Meanwhile, several roads were swept away by floodwaters in the state.

Maharashtra Rains | Here are the latest updates

1) Senior officials of the Maharashtra disaster management department said that rain-related incidents have claimed the lives of 129 people in the last 48 hours, a senior official from the state disaster management department said on Friday evening.

2) A landslide in Talai village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district killed 38 people on Thursday. Heavy rainfall over the last two days caused flooding in parts of the coastal region and hit road and rail traffic. The death toll in three separate incidents of landslides in Mahad tehsil, which took place on Thursday, is likely to rise, police said. While 32 bodies were found at one spot in Talai, four others were recovered from another location in Sakharsutarwadi village. Fifteen people have been reportedly rescued so far, but over 30 to 35 more are feared trapped under the debris, officials say.

3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the loss of lives in the landslide in Maharashtra’s coastal Raigad district and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. Modi said the situation in Maharashtra due to heavy rains is being closely monitored and assistance is being provided to the affected.

4) Ten people are feared trapped after a landslide in the coastal Ratnagiri district, while 11 more on board a bus had a narrow escape as they were rescued just before the vehicle got washed away into a river in Kolhapur district.

5) The Indian Air Force’s Mi-17 helicopters rescued two persons stranded in inundated areas of coastal Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Friday, said a defense release. The Air Force has kept its two Mi-17V5 and two Mi-17 helicopters ready for rescue operations in the region which has been battered by heavy rains, it said.

6) The Maharashtra government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of people, who have died in landslides triggered by heavy rains in different parts of the state. The injured will be treated in hospitals at the state’s expense, it said in a statement.

7) The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has deployed seven disaster relief teams (DRTs) at the coastal districts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka to rescue people that are in distress due to incessant rains, an official statement said on Friday.

8) Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra. The weather department has forecast extremely heavy rainfall for Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhu Gurg, Pune, Satara and Kolhapur.

9) Six teams of the Indian Army and Navy are expected to join the rescue work on Saturday morning. As many as 54 villages were completely affected due to the floods while 821 were partially affected, officials said. As many as 40,882 persons have been shifted from flood-affected areas in Kolhapur district alone.

10) As many as 84,452 people, including over 40,000 in Kolhapur district, were shifted to safer places in Western Maharashtra’s Pune division on Friday as rains battered the region and rivers were in spate, officials said. The Panchganga river near the Kolhapur city was flowing at a level higher than that witnessed during the peak of floods in 2019, officials said.

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