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Monsoons kill 100 in India

Amid flooding in China it’s whatever works More than 1,000 rescued amid heavy rains, landslides

- BY ASHOK SHARMA

NEW DELHI — Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rain hit parts of western India, killing more than 100 people, officials and news reports said Friday. More than 1,000 people trapped by floodwater­s were rescued.

The dead included 54 killed in four landslides in the Raigad and Ratnagiri districts in western Maharashtr­a state on Thursday and Friday, according to District Collector Nidhi Chaudhary and state government official Sagar Pathak.

Many of those who were rescued were stranded on rooftops and on top of buses on highways, Chaudhary said. Pathak said more than 30 people were missing after the landslides.

Chaudhary said the rain had slowed, but water levels were rising again because of a high tide

Friday. Rescuers, however, have reached the worst-hit areas.

Disasters caused by landslides and flooding are common in India during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy rains weaken the foundation­s of structures that are often poorly built.

Twenty-seven people were killed by houses collapsing or being swept away by rushing floodwater­s in Satara district, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

It also said more than 20 deaths have been reported from the eastern districts of Gondia and Chandrapur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the loss of lives.

“The situation in Maharashtr­a due to heavy rains is being closely monitored and assistance is being provided to the affected,” Modi tweeted.

Elsewhere, a house collapsed

Friday after heavy rains in the Shivaji Nagar area in eastern Mumbai, killing at least two people and injuring eight others, fire officials said.

In Ratnagiri district, 200 people were rescued from hilly areas

on Thursday after the heavy rains. In the coastal town of Chiplun, home to 70,000 people, more than half the area was flooded, said B.N. Patil, district administra­tor of Ratnagiri.

The army, navy, coast guard and the National Disaster Response Force were helping in rescue operations, the defense ministry said.

An Indian navy statement said it deployed helicopter­s to evacuate stranded people and sent rescue teams with boats to the region.

Authoritie­s on Friday sounded an alert in the southern state of Telangana, with heavy rains causing flooding in Hyderabad, the state capital, and other low-lying areas.

Meteorolog­ists said the 12 inches of rain that has fallen so far this month in Hyderabad is the most in July in 10 years. The floodgates of one of the main reservoirs, Osman Sagar, were opened for the first time in a decade to discharge excess water.

Experts said heavy rainfall along India’s western coast is in line with how rainfall patterns have changed in the region in past years due to climate change.

 ??  ?? People crowd on a tractor to cross an inundated street following heavy rains that have caused widespread flooding and claimed the lives of at least 33 people in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in China on Friday.
People crowd on a tractor to cross an inundated street following heavy rains that have caused widespread flooding and claimed the lives of at least 33 people in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in China on Friday.
 ??  ?? Elderly woman is rescued after being stranded in floodwater­s Friday in western India.
Elderly woman is rescued after being stranded in floodwater­s Friday in western India.

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