Most of the deaths in Raigad, Satara and Ratnagiri districts were caused by landslides, while floods claimed many lives in Kolhapur and Sangli.

NDRF officials in fluorescent orange jackets standing next to a flooded riverImage for representation/ PTI
news Floods Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 21:18

The death toll of last week's rain-related incidents in Maharashtra rose to 213 on Wednesday, July 28, with the worst-hit Raigad district alone accounting for nearly 100 fatalities, the state government said. Eight persons are still missing, an official release said. Heavy rains triggered massive floods and landslides in many parts of Maharashtra, especially in the coastal Konkan and the western districts, since July 20.

Of the 213 deaths, the maximum 95 were reported in Raigad district, followed by 46 in Satara, 35 in Ratnagiri, 15 in Thane, seven in Kolhapur, four in Mumbai, four in Sindhudurg, three in Pune, and two each in the eastern Maharashtra's Wardha and Akola districts, said a statement issued by the Disaster Management department. Eight people are still missing while 52 injured persons are being treated at various government and private hospitals, it said.

Most of the deaths in Raigad, Satara and Ratnagiri districts were caused by landslides, while floods claimed many lives in Kolhapur and Sangli. Since June 1, as many as 300 people have died in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra, the statement said. A total of 61,280 domesticated animals also perished in the floods, with most of them being reported from Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara and Sindhudurg districts.

Heavy rains in the Sahyadri range led to swelling of rivers flowing through Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts, forcing evacuation of people. As many as 4,35,879 people were shifted to safer places, including 2,11,808 in Sangli district alone, according to the statement.

The Sangli district in western Maharashtra did not receive heavy rainfall, but discharge of water from the Koyna dam resulted in the Sangli city and several villages getting inundated. There are 349 relief camps set up for evacuated people -- 216 in Kolhapur, 74 in Sangli, 29 in Satara, 16 in Ratnagiri and 14 in Raigad, the statement said.

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