Maharashtra: Atleast 6 dead, over 19 missing after dam breach in Ratnagiri

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At least six people were killed and 19 others missing after a dam in Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region breached, following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages. The Tiware dam in Ratnagiri district developed a breach late Tuesday night after heavy rains, a district official said. So far six bodies have been recovered, the official said, adding according to villagers 23 people are still missing.

The dam, built in 2000, breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages, with as many as 19 houses being swept away. Search operations for the missing are underway. The continued heavy showers over the past few days have caused several rivers in the Konkan region to swell. The Tiware dam that started overflowing at around 9 pm on Tuesday evening breached shortly after, causing heavy damage to at least 12 houses of the nearest hamlet and inundating 7 downstream villages that have a population of over 3000.

About 19 people are currently missing, while the NDRF team, that reaches the spot at around 2 am have recovered 6 bodies yet. More NDRF teams from Sindhudurg are on the way, officials have said.

State Water Resources minister Girish Mahajan conceded that villagers had last year complained about cracks being developed in the dam. “Orders have been given for a high-level probe into the incident, which is a very unfortunate one. This was a small dam. 6 bodies have been found till now. Villagers had complained about cracks having being developed in the dam and since the project came under the Water Resources Department, orders were given for repairs. The department was told repair works had been completed. However, an inquiry has now been ordered into the incident.”

As incessant rainfall lashed several parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday and at least 39 people were killed across the state in separate rain-related incidents. Mumbai recorded the heaviest rainfall since July 2005 showers, which brought the Maximum City to a standstill as public transport was severely affected.

A spate of fatal incidents also took place in the city as torrential rains continued to lash Mumbai throughout the day. At least 21 people were killed and 78 injured after a wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad (East) in the wee hours of Tuesday. Another wall collapsed in Mulund, in which a 45-year-old security guard of a private building was crushed to death. A 22-year-old was electrocuted at Nehru Nagar in Vile Parle while two people were found dead inside an SUV stuck in the flooded Malad subway since Monday night. In nearby Thane, three people were killed after the boundary wall of National Urdu School crashed in Kalyan.

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