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At least 47 killed in floods and landslides due to heavy monsoon rains in western India

Landslides triggered by monsoon rains hit western India killing at least 47 people and leaving thousands stranded, officials said.

At least three landslides hit Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Thursday, a local official told the AFP news agency on Friday.

In the latest incident being reported, 11 people succumbed after a landslide in Poladpur in Raigad district. Another landslide has been reported in Satara, where 12 people are said to be stuck.

Sattari in the neighboring state of Goa, which is close to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, has been flooded too.

Several teams of National Disaster Response Force –  a specialized force constituted “for the purpose of special response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” – have been deployed to carry out search and rescue.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all possible help.

Meanwhile, water level on Panchganga river reached the danger mark, forcing authorities to conduct early evacuation.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra which have been already pounded by heavy rains, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall and recommending preventive actions.