The Konkan and Western Maharashtra have borne the brunt of landslides and floods since Thursday, Raigad being the worst-affected district. Although rainwaters receded by Saturday, the Panchganga and Krishna rivers in Western Maharashtra stayed above the danger mark, keeping parts of Kolhapur city and Sangli district submerged.
President Ram Nath Kovind called Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari to express his concern over the lives lost. The Pune-Bengaluru national highway stayed closed for the second day, with over 2,000 trucks stuck on the key road.
The bridge connecting Mumbai to Chiplun in the Konkan on Vashisti river has collapsed, impacting movement. Konkan Railway resumed operations after being closed for two days. Two more landslides were reported near Taliye village in Raigad on Saturday shortly before CM Uddhav Thackeray’s visit, but these were minor.
The village is the site of the state’s worst landslide, which occurred on Thursday. Thackeray said the state is making a plan to rehabilitate settlements that are in landslide-prone areas. The state agency Mhada will be rebuilding homes in Taliye. He also said he was satisfied with the response from the Centre. As many as 34 NDRF teams, 3 Army teams, 7 Navy teams and 3 coast guard teams are assisting with relief operations