Maharashtra rains: Death toll rises to 192, govt announcement on financial relief soon

The demise toll in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra rose to 192 on Monday after the restoration of 28 extra our bodies, most of them in Raigad, the state authorities stated, whereas Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar toured flood-hit villages in Sangli district and stated a call on offering financial relief might be taken in a few days.

As many as 48 individuals have been injured in these incidents and 25 nonetheless lacking, whereas up to now, 2,29,074 individuals have been evacuated from the flood and rain-affected areas and moved to safer locations, the federal government stated in a press release in Mumbai.

Giving the district-wise break up of fatalities in heavy rains and floods since final week, the official assertion stated Raigad has reported 95 deaths, Satara 45, Ratnagiri 21, Thane 12, Kolhapur 7, Sindhudurg, Akola, Pune and Wardha 2 every, and Mumbai 4 (complete 192). The administration of Raigad, the worst-hit district situated within the coastal Konkan area, earlier on Monday known as off the search operations for 31 lacking individuals in Taliye village which was ravaged by a large landslide after heavy rains final week, Collector Nidhi Chaudhari stated.

The village, situated in Mahad taluka of Raigad, witnessed the lethal landslide final Thursday after heavy rains, flattening a number of homes within the space.The collector stated the choice to name of the search operations was taken after looking for opinion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the catastrophe response forces of the state and neighbouring Thane district.

“The rescue operations have ended officially. We have withdrawn our teams from Taliye. The 31 missing will be declared dead following the due process…relatives of the missing people demanded closure of the operations since yesterday,” the collector stated earlier within the day.

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the village on Saturday and stated as landslides proved deadly in lots of components of the state, the federal government would give you a plan to completely relocate individuals dwelling in hilly areas.

A call on offering relief to the individuals affected by floods might be taken within the subsequent couple of days, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar stated after he toured numerous rain-hit villages in Sangli district and used a rescue boat to attain out to victims in some areas on Monday. He interacted with the flood-affected individuals and warranted them of rehabilitation and assist from the state authorities.

NDRF personnel perform a rescue opearion in a flood affected space in Kohlapur. (PTI Photo)

“The Maha Vikas Aghadi government will provide all possible help to those who have been affected by floods. I, cabinet ministers Jayant Patil, Vijay Wadettiwar, and minister of state Vishwajeet Kadam visited the flood-affected areas in the Sangli district and took stock of the situation.

“In the following two days, a last choice about (the relief) might be taken within the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray,” Pawar, who also holds the Finance portfolio, told a press conference.

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Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar and Minister of State Vishwajeet Kadam accompanied Pawar during his visit to the flood-battered Bhilwadi and other areas of the district. They used a boat to reach out to people affected by the monsoon mayhem in Bhilwadi.

Pawar later told reporters that “unprecedented” rains triggered floods in districts in Western Maharashtra.

“When heavy rains began after July 22, there was sufficient storage capability in dams within the Krishna river basin however heavy downpour within the pre-catchment areas of dams triggered floods downstream,” he said.Pawar described the pre-catchment area of the dam as the area ahead of the dam’s wall. He added that since its construction, the Koyna dam never received such a huge influx of water.

“Around 16.5 TMC water was obtained in at some point within the Koyna dam which has the storage capability of 100 TMC. There is a spot close to Koyna known as Navja, the place 32-inch rainfall was witnessed,” he said.

Pawar said the work to assess losses caused due to floods is still not completed.

“Real image in regards to the injury triggered to crops and farms will emerge after the water recedes. I’ve instructed the district administration to proceed with the evaluation of losses at new locations,” he added.

Flood relief operation carried out as part of ‘Operation Varsha’ in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. (PTI Photo)

Speaking about landslides, Pawar said such incidents were reported from the areas that were not prone to landslips.

Responding to a query, Pawar said there was good coordination between the Centre and the Maharashtra government in managing the flood situation.”To keep away from flooding sooner or later, emphasis might be given on strengthening the flood administration system. I’ve obtained some ideas to have SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) centres in flood-prone districts in order that when such a state of affairs arises, these teams may be pressed into motion as an alternative of ready for assist from businesses just like the NDRF, Army, Coast Guard and Navy,” he said.

Asked whether the current flood situation in western Maharashtra is a “man-made” crisis, Pawar dismissed such contention, saying “unprecedented” rainfall in “pre-catchment” areas of dams led to the scenario.

Pawar reiterated the state government was willing to rehabilitate people who often get affected by floods in hilly areas.

He asked the Sangli district administration to conduct a survey of such houses and also check the land availability for rehabilitation.

He said that “VVIP excursions” will now start in the flood and landslide affected areas and directed respective district administrations to appoint “nodal officers” for coordinating such tours so that district collectors, SPs, CEOs of ZPs can focus on the main work to manage the situation once floods recede.

Pawar underlined the need to exercise caution to prevent floods citing the IMD prediction of heavy rains in August given that dams have almost reached their fullest capacity in July itself. Pawar then headed towards Satara district, also hit by heavy rains and flood, to review the situation there.

Earlier in the day, the Krishna river was flowing at 52.11 feet at the Irwin bride in Sangli at 11 am, as against the danger mark of 45 feet, an official said.The state government on Sunday said it provided an emergency financial aid of Rs 2 crore each to Raigad and Ratnagiri districts. Satara, Sangli, Pune, Kolhapur, Thane and Sindhudurg, also affected by rains, were provided with a financial aid of Rs 50 lakh each.

Chief Minister Thackeray on Sunday visited Chiplun, the site of severe flooding in Ratnagiri district in the Konkan region, and interacted with residents, businessmen and shopkeepers. He promised them all help from the state government.Heavy rains last week caused massive floods and landslides in large parts of Maharashtra, especially in the Konkan and Western Maharashtra regions.

On Monday, the chief minister was scheduled to visit flood-hit Patan taluka in Satara district, but had to cancel the tour due to rough weather, an official said.Thackeray was to take a helicopter from Pune to Koynanagar and conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas.

He was also scheduled to meet the affected people at a shelter camp set up at a zilla parishad school in Koynanagar.An official in the Chief Minister’s Office said Thackeray’s tour was cancelled due to “inclement climate”.

Heavy rains last week caused landslides at Ambeghar and Mirgaon villages of Patan taluka. Meanwhile, four days after suspension of train traffic on some routes near Mumbai due to heavy rains, all rail lines in the Thal and Bhor Ghat areas of neighbouring Thane, Nashik and Pune were restored on Monday morning, a Central Railway (CR) spokesperson said in the state capital.

The CR had suspended traffic at the Thal Ghat, which is also known as the Kasara Ghat, from 10.15 pm on July 21, while traffic at the Bhor ghat, popularly called the Khandala Ghat, was suspended at 12.30 am on July 22, following heavy rains, landslides, tree falls and mudslides at multiple locations.

Trains going towards north and eastern parts of the country from Mumbai pass through the Thal Ghat, while trains going towards south move via the Bhor Ghat.

The Railways has also opened the Karjat-Khopoli railway line in Raigad district for traffic from July 25 afternoon, CR’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said.

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