• Cyclone Gulab: Heavy rains lash parts of Maharashtra, 17 reported dead

    Cyclone Gulab: Heavy rains lash parts of Maharashtra, 17 reported dead

    Mumbai: Large parts of Maharashtra reported heavy damages, water-logging, and a trail of death left by Cyclone Gulab, especially the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, with 17 people losing their lives in different rain-related incidents. The Met department forecast more rain on Wednesday.

    NDRF team, a helicopter and boats have been deployed to rescue people stranded in barrages, villages and on the banks of a river in Latur in Maharashtra as heavy rains lashed the district through the day.

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    An official involved in the rescue ops said 47 people stranded on the banks of Manjara river at Sarsa village ad three stranded on a river basin in Digol Deshmukh area in Renapur tehsil have been rescued using boats.

    Officials said six out 10 tehsils and 30 out of 60 revenue mandals in Latur have received heavy rains, leading to flooding of streams and rivulets, resulting in authorities having to release 70,845.30 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water into Manjara river after opening 18 gates of a dam in Dhanegaon in Keh tehsil.

    According to the India meteorological Department’s (IMD) district forecast and warning, Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Beed, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Latur, Nanded and Hingoli are under yellow alert, indicating thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds, with heavy rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday.