112 lose their lives after violent floods in India

At least 112 people have been killed in floods and landslides in the state of Maharashtra, which includes the city of Mumbai.

It informs the local authorities, writes BBC and Reuters.

The large amounts of water and landslides have been triggered by the fact that the state has been hit by heavy rainfall, which is the worst in decades. According to Reuters, parts of the state were hit by up to 600 millimeters of rain in a day. In Denmark, by comparison, about 750 millimeters of rain falls per year.

38 people lost their lives when a landslide hit a small village southeast of the city of Mumbai, while 59 people lost their lives in connection with nine other landslides.

In addition, 15 people have lost their lives in various accidents caused by heavy rainfall. Among other things, two people died on Friday in Mumbai after a residential complex collapsed due to rain.

The large amounts of water have meant that hundreds of houses have been washed away and many have lost their homes. At the same time, several hundred villages are without electricity and clean drinking water.

Authorities have urged people to line up on rooftops if they are trapped in the bodies of water so helicopters can spot them.

In addition to the deaths, many are missing. But rescue vehicles and the military have had difficulty getting through due to difficult conditions. According to meteorologists, the heavy rain will continue in the coming days.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has stated according to the BBC that he is deeply affected due to the many casualties and that he will provide assistance to the affected areas.

Heavy rains and floods in the state are not uncommon. Every year it is hit by the monsoon rains, but according to the BBC, water volumes have increased in recent years.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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