The number of dead due to floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains rose to 127 in India. There are dozens of missing, authorities reported.

The west coast of the country has been flooded by torrential rains since Thursday and, according to the Indian meteorological service, more precipitation is expected in the coming days.

Floods and landslides are frequent during the monsoon season in India, and poorly constructed buildings often collapse after days of uninterrupted rain. In the state of Maharasthra, 117 people lost their lives, including more than 40 in a landslide which occurred on Thursday in the town of Taliye, south of Bombay.

Testimonials

Jayram Mahaske, a local, said that “many people were dragged while trying to flee” when the landslide occurred. Another inhabitant, Govind Malusare, claimed that the body of his nephew was found but his mother, brother, sister-in-law and niece are still missing after a landslide collapsed the family home.

In a few minutes, the water demolished dozens of houses, leaving only two concrete structures standing and cutting off the power supply, the victims said.

In the village of Posare, 210 km south of Bombay, the National Disaster Response Force reported the discovery of four bodies overnight. In parts of Chiplun, the water level rose to nearly twenty feet Thursday after 24 hours of uninterrupted rain that flooded roads and homes.

Victims

Eight patients from a local hospital treating cases of Covid-19 they died after floods cut off the power supply needed for the respirators.

Lifeguards, waist-deep in mud, search with the help of bulldozers for 100 people who are still missing in this state.

In neighboring Goa, a woman drowned, the local government reported to the Press Trust of India, in what the Chief Minister (Chief Minister of State), Pramod Sawant, called “worst floods since 1982”.

In the coastal plains encompassing Maharashtra and Goa, water levels remain high due to overflowing rivers. Further south, in Karnataka state, the death toll rose to nine overnight, authorities said.

Climate change

The power supply was cut off in the 11 affected districts and the authorities reported crop losses. The scientist Roxy Mathew Koll from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology stated that climate change warms the Arabian Sea.

He explained that higher water temperatures cause the air to heat up and retain more moisture, causing extreme rain events, he said.

“We are seeing that widespread extreme rainfall events have tripled since 1950.”Koll stated, citing a study he co-authored that was published in Nature.

He added that a station on a hill south of Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar, saw 594 millimeters of rain on Friday, the highest amount there on record. “In recent years, the impact of climate change (on monsoons in India) is much clearer. In reality what has happened in Europe, China and the rest of the world is similar to what is happening in India. “

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