Six people were killed and 18 are still missing after heavy rainfall led to a breach in the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district at around 9.30 pm last night. Seven down-stream villages, which include Akle, Riktoli, Ovali, Kalkavne and Nandivase, have been flooded and at least 12 houses and 20 vehicles near the dam have been washed away.
A local police official said six dead bodies have been recovered so far while 18 people are still missing.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team is at the spot, which is approximately 275 kilometres from Mumbai, to carry out search and rescue operations. Additional rescue teams consisting of government officials, police and volunteers are also working at the site.
According to a report by news agency IANS, the 19-year-old dam had shown signs of leakage. District authorities were told, locals said, but no repairs were carried out.
NDRF teams are at the spot to carry out search and rescue operations. Additional rescue teams consisting of government officials, police and volunteers are also working at the site
The monsoon has brought large parts of the state and its capital Mumbai to a standstill. According to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai alone received an "unprecedented" 300 to 400 millimetres of rain in a 12-hour period yesterday. Heavy rainfall was also recorded in Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, as also Nashik, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and western parts of the state.