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Chaos across state

Eleven people were killed as several parts of the state were flooded due to heavy showers on Saturday, report Chitrangada Choudhury & Gigil Varghese.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2007, 04:03 IST
Chitrangada Choudhury & Gigil Varghese
Chitrangada Choudhury & Gigil Varghese
Hindustan Times

Eleven people were killed as several parts of the state were flooded due to heavy showers on Saturday. One person died of electrocution in Nashik while two people died in Naigaon village in Thane when an overhead wire fell on them. In Thane, another person died in a separate mishap while four persons died in Ratnagiri and Satara each.

"Thane city, Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Palghar are waterlogged but traffic is moving and the water is receding,” said S.S. Zende, Thane Collector. "We have evacuated 300 people from flood-prone Kalwa."

There was waterlogging at many places in Thane. The Thane Municipal Corporation’s headoffice and surrounding areas were also flooded. With train services collapsing completely, the Thane depot of the State Transport service pressed additional buses into service.

Heavy currents in a nullah at Kashimira washed away an unidentified person. Six were reportedly killed due to electric shocks in Palghar, Vasai and Kashimira.

Three people were buried in a landslide in Khargaon village in Raigad. "We evacuated 1,000 people on Friday. There is flooding in the Mahad region,” said Ramesh Surwade, resident deputy collector, Raigad. Another landslide blocked the Koplakar and Satara highways.

In Sangli, 134 people were shifted out of housing colonies. Traffic was disrupted on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Krishna nadi in Sangli was barely nine feet below the danger mark at 36 feet. Two battalions of the National Disaster Response Force were deployed in Ratnagiri, Chiplun and Khed for relief operations.

A Panama-based merchant vessel, Ronga, was marooned off the Gujarat coast. The 16-member crew grounded the ship at Muldwaraka.

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