Maharashtra: Indian Army Carries Out Flood-relief Rescue Operations In Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Friday morning.
Heavy torrents of rain lashed out in Maharashtra and on Friday, July 23, 32 people lost their lives due to a landslide in Taleigao, Raigad district while 35 houses fell down. Official sources estimate that the death toll may increase up to 80 or 90 as the rescue operation progresses.
The landslide occurred on July 22, but the rescue team was able to reach the area only on Friday as the roads had been totally submerged under the floods of water due to the heavy downpour. With the government’s help, debris in the area is being removed. Further clarity on the incident will be given once the rescue operation is completed.
Indian Air Force and Southern Command carried out flood-relief rescue operations in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra during the last few days due to heavy rainfall. A helicopter from Ratnagiri got airborne at 11:35 am and carried out a survey before landing back in the district. The helicopter also rescued two people from the site. The IAF received a message on July 22 for the flood relief operations in Chiplun and Khed town of Ratnagiri districts.
The release report stated, “When the weather permitted, an M1-17 I V helicopter got airborne from Mumbai for Ratnagiri at 3:40 pm and landed at Ratnagiri at 5 pm. Bad weather did not permit any further operations in the evening.”
Operatives have resumed from Friday with the helicopter deployed at Ratnagiri along with another one flown in from Mumbai. An NDRF team of 10 personnel with around a one-ton load has also been flown in by IAF to Ratnagiri. The IAF is also positioning two Mi-17V5s and two Mi-17s for flood relief operations. According to an official release, another helicopter is ready at Pune for emergency requirements.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting on the flood situation in Raigad and Ratnagiri while ordering rescue operations. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also asked the Disaster Management Units to immediately proceed with the rescue operations and stay vigilant. In a series of tweets, the CMO Maharashtra has also advised people who are living near rivers to follow protocols and take proper precautions as the water level is perpetually dangerously rising.
Most parts of Chiplun in Ratnagiri experienced heavy floods on Friday after the monsoon torrent stirred up rivelets of water amid the rescue operations conducted in the Konkan town of Maharashtra. A total of 14 task forces from Aundh Military Station and Engineer task Force assembled in flood-affected areas to aid the civil administration for relief and rescue operations.
In areas of Ratnagiri after heavy rains, many problems were face and 2 people also lost their lives in the massive landslide.