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Looking for survivors in mud and rubble: more than 125 killed in heavy rains in India - Walla! news

2021-07-24T09:55:50.161Z

The rains that lasted for several days severely damaged the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. According to experts, the rains that have befallen the state of Maharashtra in the west of the country are the heaviest that have fallen in July in four decades. At one of the measuring stations, 60 centimeters of water were collected within 24 hours



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Looking for survivors in mud and rubble: More than 125 killed in heavy rains in India

The rains that lasted for several days severely damaged the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

According to experts, the rains that have befallen the state of Maharashtra in the west of the country are the heaviest that have fallen in July in four decades.

At one of the measuring stations, 60 centimeters of water were collected within 24 hours

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Saturday, 24 July 2021, 12:27 Updated: 12:41

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125 people have been killed so far after monsoon rains swept west India, causing landslides and further accidents, authorities said today (Saturday).

Rescue crews today battled the mud and ruins of buildings to reach dozens of sinking homes.



According to experts, the rains that have befallen the Maharashtra state are the heaviest that have fallen in it in July in four decades.

The rains that lasted for several days severely damaged the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and large rivers may overflow.



In the village of Talia, about 180 kilometers southeast of India's economic capital, Mumbai, the death toll has risen to 42 after four more bodies were found.

Avalanches flattened most of the houses on the site, according to a senior local authority official.

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Rescue of residents from the flooded gray Coal, yesterday (Photo: Reuters)

"About 40 more people are still trapped. The possibility of rescuing them alive is limited, after they were trapped in the mud for more than 36 hours, for example," said the source, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the media. According to the source, the rescuers are looking for the victims of the landslides in four more places across the country. An official statement from the Maharashtra state said 90,000 people had been rescued from the flood-hit areas.



Extreme weather has hit several parts of the world in recent weeks, with floods in China and Western Europe and heat waves in North America, raising new concerns about the climate change bureaus.



Parts of the west coast of India have absorbed 594 millimeters of rain, forcing authorities to move people from vulnerable places, draining dam water that was about to collapse. One of the measuring stations recorded its highest figure ever - 60 centimeters in 24 hours. Also in the southern state of Telangana, heavy rains have caused flooding in the capital Hyderabad as well as other low-lying places.

A building that collapsed due to the monsoon rains in the city of Mumbai, yesterday (Photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his pain at the loss of life.

"The situation caused by the heavy rains is being closely monitored, and some help has been provided to those affected," Moody tweeted.



Indian environmental activists have warned that climate change and indiscriminate construction in vulnerable coastal areas could lead to further disasters.

"This is a stern warning against further preoccupation with ecologically fragile areas in the west of the country," said climate economist Devendra Sharma, referring to the hilly region along the west coast of India.

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