Rescue workers in India on Saturday searched for mudslides and people buried under rubble as heavy monsoon rains killed 115 people and evacuated about 150,000 others.
In recent days, torrential rains have lashed the west coast of India, leaving dozens missing near the financial capital Mumbai and causing the worst floods in decades in the state of Goa.
Eyewitnesses told AFP that a landslide in the hill village south of Mumbai, south of Talia, had left only two concrete structures standing, flattening dozens of houses in a matter of minutes.
Dilip Pandey, who witnessed the devastation, said on Thursday evening.
“There was a loud bang and the village collapsed,” he told AFP.
Emergency workers spent hours searching for survivors, but only pulled bodies to scare away crying relatives, and landslides recorded 112 monsoon-related deaths in the state of Maharashtra. ۔
“People have lost practically everything,” Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Raine said, noting that the state, which borders Maharashtra, had not seen such heavy rains in half a century.
He said that rising water has entered the houses, which has damaged more than a thousand houses.
According to its chief minister, Promod Sawant, the floods in Goa were the worst in decades, with the monsoon causing “massive damage” but no casualties.
Heavy rains have caused floods in several parts of the southwestern state of Karnataka, killing three people and rescuing 9,000, officials said.
Eight landslides have been reported in which a train derailed. Forecasters have issued a red alert for coastal areas and forecast three more days of flooding.
Floods and landslides are common during India’s treacherous monsoon season, which often leads to poorly constructed buildings after the rains due to instability.
But climate change is strengthening the monsoon, according to an April report by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
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The latest flood was “unusual, but not unexpected,” said Rocky Cole, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.
He tweeted, “We are already seeing a threefold increase in massive heavy rains which is flooding all over India.”
In Maharashtra, about 60 cm (23 inches) of rain fell on the mountainous coast of Mahabaleshwar from 24 hours to Friday morning, according to reports.
The Savitri River burst its banks due to rain, leaving the city of Mahad completely inaccessible by road, forcing frightened citizens to climb rooftops and high floors to escape the swollen water.
Rescue teams and military units worked hard to evacuate the trapped people, but their operations were hampered by landslides, including the main highway between Mati and Goa.
The water level in the Chaplin area south of Mumbai rose to about 20 feet (6 meters) on Thursday, flooding roads and houses after 24 hours of uninterrupted rain, cutting off access to the city.
Naval rescue teams equipped with rubber boats, life jackets and lifeboats were dispatched to the affected areas by expert divers and a helicopter, where residents were taken by surprise.
About 90,000 people have been evacuated in Maharashtra so far.
The Indian Meteorological Bureau has issued a red alert for several parts of the state and forecast heavy rains for the next few days.
Four people were killed when a building collapsed in a Mumbai slum just before dawn on Friday, officials said.
The incident took place in less than a week when at least 34 people lost their lives when a collapsed wall and mudslide crushed several houses in the city.
City officials said rainwater also submerged a water treatment complex in Mumbai last weekend, disrupting supplies to most of the 20 million megacities.