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Heavy rainfall leads to Tiwared dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, 6 dead, 18 missing

Heavy rainfall leads to Tiwared dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri

Tiware dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri: The breach in Tiware dam at Ratnagiri has caused a flood-like situation in seven villages, 6 dead and 18 still missing.

Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district witnessed a breach in the Tiware Dam at around 9.30 last night. Due to this breach, seven downstream villages have been flooded and 12 houses near the dam are washed away, killing six people. At least 19 people were still missing.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team are carrying out search and rescue operation at the spot, which is approximately 275 Kilometres from Mumbai. Additional rescue team consisting of government officials, volunteers and police has also been appointed. 

The monsoon has taken a rough turn this time, bringing large parts of the state and its capital to a standstill. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Davendra Fadnavis is of the opinion that Mumbai alone has experienced an “unprecedented” 300 to 400 mm of rainfall for a continuous period of 12 hours last night. Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts are also recording heavy rainfall. 

Chief minister also told the reporters that the existing drainage systems have failed to cope with such heavy downpour, along with high tide this afternoon. The collapse of a wall in Mumbai’s Malad East yesterday morning was responsible for killing 20 people. 

Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan took to Twitter and slammed the state government over negligence in maintaining and repairing the dam that cost several lives in the area.

NDRF and Mumbai Fire Brigade led rescue teams are working hard to save three people confined in debris. Among those people trapped was a 12-year-old young girl named Sanchita. After an unsuccessful rescue attempt for 14 hours, her body was taken out. Compensation of 5 lakh has been announced by the CM for the families of those killed in the wall crash.  

On Monday late night, Mumbai airport closed its main runaway after a Spicejet flight carrying 167 passengers overshot the runway. Although a secondary runway was opened, more than 200 flights were either delayed or diverted. 

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