Dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district kills 6, dozens missing

Six people were killed and about eighteen people are missing after heavy rains forced the Tiware Dam to breach. The incident occurred at Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district at 9:30 pm Tuesday.

The gush of water swept through seven villages. Villages Akle, Riktoli, Ovali, Kalkavne and Nandivase have been flooded, at least 12 houses and 20 vehicles near the dam were washed away.

According to media reports, the 19 year old dam showed signs of leakage. Villagers flagged this with the district officials but no repair work was undertaken.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are at the spot to carry out search and rescue operations. NDRF spokesman speaking with AFP said, “Using drones, we have located six dead bodies and over 18 people are still missing. We have deployed two teams after the Tiware dam breach occurred last night and are looking for survivors.”

Heavy rains have been lashing the state Maharashtra, it’s capital Mumbai and surrounding areas. As per Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai alone received 300 to 400 millimetres of rain in 12 hours which was seen as “unprecedented”.

Western part of the states such as Nashik, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg had also been receiving heavy showers.

In Mumbai alone over 22 people were killed after rains collapsed walls and drowning. Waterlogging collapsed the city’s transportation system for couple of days. Trains, Flights and all forms of vehicular traffic were affected. The meteorological department have stated that Mumbai received it’s worst downpour in over a decade.

Source : Various