| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Landslides in western India kill five, while floods trap more

At lease five people were killed by the landslides that hit part of western India, an official said on Friday.

The landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have led to the overnight rescue of more than 1,000 other people trapped by floodwaters.

The dead were killed in three landslides in Raigad district in western Maharashtra state, said District Collector Nidhi Chaudhary. Many of those rescued were stranded on rooftops and even on top of buses on highways, she said.

Chaudhary said the rains had slowed and water levels were coming down Friday, but access to badly hit areas was still blocked, hampering rescue operations.

Elsewhere in the region, another 200 people in Ratnagiri district were rescued from hilly areas on Thursday after the heavy rains, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

In the coastal town of Chiplun, home to 70,000 people, more than half the area was flooded, PTI reported.

B.N, Patil, district administrator of Ratnagiri, said he has sought the help of the army, coast guard and the National Disaster Response Force for rescue operations.

An Indian navy statement said it has deployed helicopters for evacuating stranded people and sent rescue teams with boats to the region.

  • Associated Press