Monsoon Rains Kill 36 in India

At least 36 people have died in landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Maharashtra while dozens more are missing and thousands displaced.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said most of the deaths were from the three landslides which took place yesterday in the Raigad district of the western state of Maharashtra.

“At least 35 to 40 people are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them. 36 people have died after there were three landslides yesterday in the district caused by very heavy rainfall,” said a Maharashtra official. 

The Indian Navy and Air Force have already been deployed to evacuate the residents by helicopter because most roads have already been inundated or blocked by landslides. 

The Indian Navy also deployed seven rescue teams equipped with rubber boats and divers to help with rescue efforts. 

Over 1000 people have been rescued so far from flooded areas while the Indian meteorological department has issued red alerts for the region which is expected to last several days. 

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