October 3, 2023

A landslide triggered by heavy rains within the western Indian state of Maharashtra killed at the least 10 individuals late Wednesday night time, with greater than 100 individuals trapped below rubble as rescuers fought tough terrain and heavy downpours searching for survivors.

On Thursday, rescuers struggled to tug corpses out of homes on the web site of a landslide within the village of Irshalwadi, about 37 miles from Mumbai.

About 80 individuals have been rescued up to now, however it’s feared that lots of them are trapped. The village has at the least 225 individuals and authorities stated they airlifted excavators to assist rescuers who walked 1.5 miles from the closest freeway to succeed in the village. In some locations, the rubble reaches a depth of 10 to 30 toes.

“We’re prioritizing the people who find themselves nonetheless trapped below the rubble,” stated Eknat Shinde, Maharashtra’s chief minister, who arrived on the scene on Thursday.

Torrential rains and flash floods swept throughout the west of the nation, overlaying homes, flattening timber, canceling trains and forcing regional authorities to shut faculties.

India has been hit laborious by excessive climate lately, elevating considerations concerning the results of accelerating local weather change and inflicting irreversible modifications in climate patterns, scientists say.

This yr’s monsoon season, when South Asia receives most of its annual rainfall, and which lasts from June to September, has prompted large-scale destruction from states on each side of the Himalayas to coastal states corresponding to Maharashtra.

On Thursday, the Indian Meteorological Division introduced an alert within the state of Maharashtra. Along with college closures, latest flooding has introduced greater than 100 trains to a halt as water has entered the station and alongside the monitor in lots of locations.

Western India was not alone in coping with the consequences of heavy rains. Report ranges of monsoon rains in northern India have killed at the least 130 individuals over the previous 26 days, the federal government stated. Of those, 99 individuals had been killed in Himachal Pradesh alone, authorities official Jagat Singh Negi stated, with one other 5 killed on Wednesday.

The state of Himachal Pradesh has been the scene of large-scale demise and destruction. Lengthy stretches of roads have been washed away, loosened earth from landslides has flowed into individuals’s houses, and a few areas are nonetheless waterlogged and site visitors is hampered.

On Wednesday, rising water from the Yamuna River reached the outer partitions of the Taj Mahal in Agra and flooded a close-by backyard.

Greater than 100,000 individuals have been affected and 9 individuals have died on account of floods this wet season in Assam, the northeastern state, and floodwaters have additionally infiltrated the Kaziranga Nationwide Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Website, in line with Bitupon Gagoi, an info officer from Guwahati, the state capital.

No less than 747 individuals have died since April in flash floods, drowning, lightning strikes and landslides, in line with India’s federal residence ministry.

Si Si Patel, a senior officer with the Division of Aid within the state of Gujarat, which borders Maharashtra, stated hundreds of individuals from low-lying areas of his state have been evacuated to safer areas.

“Extra rain fell in a brief interval this yr than in your entire wet season,” he stated.

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