Heavy Rains Triggered Landslide Claims 10 Lives and Traps Many in Western India

 Heavy Rains Triggered Landslide Claims 10 Lives and Traps Many in Western India

Tragedy Strikes: Landslide Claims Lives in Western Maharashtra

In a heart-wrenching disaster, torrential rains in India’s western Maharashtra state triggered a devastating landslide, claiming the lives of 10 people. The incident occurred late Wednesday night in the Irshalwadi village of Raigad district, where 17 out of 50 houses were buried under massive debris. As the extent of the tragedy unfolds, many others are feared trapped, prompting immediate and intense rescue efforts.

 Rescue Efforts Underway: 10 Dead, Many Still Trapped

A team of 60 rescuers and trained trekkers has been deployed to the site, battling harsh weather conditions that have complicated the rescue operation. The state’s deputy chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, took to Twitter to provide updates on the situation, expressing concern for those stuck in the debris and sharing efforts to save them. Medical teams have been dispatched to provide assistance to the injured as authorities race against time to bring the stranded to safety.

While 75 people have been successfully rescued so far, the fate of many others remains uncertain. An official, speaking to the Press Trust of India news agency, highlighted the critical nature of the situation as rescue teams work tirelessly to locate and free those trapped under the landslide’s wreckage.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde arrived at the scene on Thursday, emphasizing the immediate priority of rescuing those still buried beneath the rubble. As Maharashtra continues to face incessant rains this week, the state has been placed on alert, with authorities striving to manage the widespread disruptions caused by the downpours.

 Maharashtra on High Alert as Incessant Rains Disrupt Life

In Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, authorities have taken precautions and closed schools to ensure the safety of students and staff. The local train services have been severely disrupted, with stations and tracks submerged under water, leaving commuters stranded. Roads have also succumbed to flooding, resulting in traffic jams and further inconveniences for residents.

Monsoon rains across India have brought about 2% more rainfall than the average for this year, as reported by India’s weather agency. This year’s monsoon season, spanning from June to September, has proven particularly destructive, causing landslides and flash floods in various regions of the country.

Scientists attribute the increasing severity of monsoons to climate change and global warming, leading to erratic weather patterns and intensified natural disasters like landslides and floods, especially in India’s Himalayan north.

As rescue efforts continue and the affected communities grapple with the aftermath of this tragedy, the country remains vigilant during the monsoon season, understanding both the significance of rainfall for crops and the potential devastation that it may bring.

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