weather update: As heavy rains continue in parts of Maharashtra, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert of heavy to very heavy rain in some areas for Friday (July 21). Meanwhile, a portion of the National Highway in Uttarakhand was washed away due to heavy rains.
A red alert was issued for Pune, Raigad, Palghar and Thane districts, while an orange alert was issued for Mumbai. The meteorologist has said that the situation is likely to improve from Saturday. Meanwhile, Kolhapur witnessed a flood-like situation due to rising water level of Panchganga river following incessant rains.
16 killed in landslide in Raigad
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday resumed search and rescue operations to evacuate and rescue people trapped during a landslide in Raigad. At least 16 people were killed in flash floods and landslides following heavy rains in Raigad. The incident took place at around 11 pm on Wednesday night in Irshalwadi village situated on the hill slope.
NDRF Inspector Rahul Kumar Raghuvansh says, “We conduct three types of searches… We will conduct dogs and physical searches here. It is a long and challenging journey, but we have been trained for this… Tomorrow, When we got the information, four of our teams reached the spot and started the search and rescue operation.”
Uttarakhand National Highway washed away
A portion of Gairsain-Karnprayag NH 109 was washed away due to heavy rains on Thursday night. People going from Gairsain to Karnaprayag and Nainital are now stranded on both sides of the road.
Flash floods occur in Himachal Pradesh
The flash floods in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh on Friday caused huge devastation in many areas. Destroyed houses in Kullu seen in a video.