6 dead, over 20 missing after dam in Ratnagiri breached

At least 30 more are feared to be dead in rain-related casualties in Maharashtra after a small dam breached at Tiware near Chiplun in coastal district of Ratnagiri, about 300 km from Mumbai.

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.

Over 20 people are currently missing, while the NDRF team, that reaches the spot at around 2 am have recovered 6 bodies as of 9:30 am, according to news agencies. More NDRF teams from Sindhudurg are on the way, officials have said.

Recovery of the bodies of the missing people is anticipated to start downstream and in the creek region. Civil administration, police and volunteers are currently on the spot.

Mumbai, India’s Maximum City, is being pounded by record rain. The heaviest rain in the city in 24 hours in almost 15 years has caused more than 27 deaths on Tuesday alone.

Over 20 people were killed early Tuesday morning after the rains led to the collapse of a wall in Mumbai’s Malad East. Efforts by rescue workers to get a 15-year- old girl out of the debris, proved futile as she was brought out dead.

Nine deaths were caused by two wall collapses elsewhere in Maharashtra state. Six migrant construction workers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed on their tin-roofed huts in Pune early on Tuesday, an officer in the city’s Police Control Room said.

In Thane district yesterday, a school wall collapsed and fell onto huts, killing three people and injuring one, said Lakshman Pawar, a local civic official.

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