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In India, landslides kill at least 44 people and dozens are missing

Indian relief intervention on July 23 in Sikali, Maharashtra.

At least 44 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after monsoon landslides in western India, a local official said on Friday (July 23).

Three landslides hit the Raigad district of Maharashtra on Thursday, with its capital Bombay, the official said. “Forty-two people killed in landslide in Raigad district, 38 still missing”State government spokesperson Anirudh Ashtaputre said. “Six more landslides hit Satara district, killing two”, He added. Up to fifteen people are missing elsewhere in the state.

The Navy and Air Force intervened and helped thousands of people affected by the floods. But relief efforts are hampered by the extent of the damage, especially by these landslides, which cut off many roads, especially the highway between Bombay and Goa.

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The building is collapsing

The incessant heavy rain for more than twenty-four hours brought the Vashishti River out of its bed. Surrounding areas in the Siploon area, 250 kilometers from Bombay, were submerged by 3.5 meters of water. State President Uttam Thackeray said emergency services were struggling to reach isolated areas of Chiplun. “Roads and bridges damaged by floods, situation worrying”, He reported.

The state government says ten people have been injured in a landslide in Keth “10 to 15 people may be trapped under rubble”. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for many parts of the state and heavy rains are expected in the coming days.

In Bombay, India’s commercial capital, a building collapsed, killing four people overnight in a slum, officials said on Friday. Within a week, 34 people had been crushed by a crumbling wall, Followed by landslides due to heavy rains. Between the months of June and September, building collapses are common in India during the rainy season, with old and trembling structures leading after uninterrupted rain.

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The rain caused the water treatment plant to flood, thus disrupting the water supply “Most parts of Bombay”, Local officials said.

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In June, a building collapsed in a slum in the 20-million-city megalopolis, killing 12 people. In September 2020, 39 people went missing after a three-storey building collapsed in Bhiwandi. In 2014, more than 150 people were killed in the state of Maharashtra, where a mountain collapsed due to heavy rains, burying residents in mud and rubble.

Climate impact

Climate change in India is intensifying monsoon events, according to a report released by the Potsdam Climate Change Research Institute (PIK). The report warns of the potential impact of this growth on food, agriculture and the economy in a country that represents one-fifth of the world’s population.

“Knowing that the entire Indian society is exposed significantly to the monsoon is a big difference [du phénomène] It will affect not only agriculture but also the structure of public life. ”, Explains PIK and Anders Leverman, a researcher at Columbia University in the US.

According to Christian Aid, five of the worst weather events in the world last year were due to the monsoon, especially in Asia.

In 2013, the state of Uttarakhand was marked by monsoon rains, flash floods and landslides, which engulfed entire villages and killed 6,000 people.

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