At least 65 peasants have been reported buried alive in hillslides and landslides that happened in Maharashtra’s Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Satara districts following monsoon rains, according to top officials here on Friday.
According to initial accounts, between 30 and 35 people were killed in a hillslide catastrophe in a rural Raigad village, and massive attempts are underway to rescue those trapped beneath rocks and slush.
The terrible episode occurred in the little Talai village near Mahad town, in the hilly Raigad region of Maharashtra, which has been drenched with rain for the previous three days.
According to preliminary reports, a 50-60 metre section of a hillock came free and plummeted onto roughly three dozen dwellings below, trapping the majority of the victims beneath the boulders, stones, and mud that slammed down with full force.
Intermittent rains and floods, combined with debris, muck, and loose soil, hampered rescue operations, prompting fears that the death toll could rise. Raigad MP Sunil Tatkare said he was rushing to the tragedy scene with other rescue teams, amid fears that the death toll could rise.
In other incidences, officials claimed, at least 30 people were killed in various landslides or hillslides in Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Satara, with more than 50 more still thought trapped in these districts, which have seen significant floods and waterlogging following heavy rains in the previous 48 hours.