The death toll in India due to monsoon rains rose this Sunday to 159, according to authorities, who are looking for hundreds of people missing.

The west coast of the country has been affected by heavy rains since Thursday, with meteorological services issuing new precipitation alerts.

In the state of Maharasthra, 149 people died, more than 40 of them in a landslide that hit the village of Taliye, in the south of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the financial center of India. About 230,000 people had to be displaced.

Rain, floods, water are nothing new for the population, but this time what arrived was unimaginable. People could not save their possessions due to the rapid rise of waters”, declared to the press the head of the Government of the State of Maharasthra, Uddhav Thackeray, after having visited the city of Chiplun, south of Mumbai.

In certain parts of the city, the water level reached about six meters on Thursday, after a day of non-stop rain, causing flooding in houses and roads.

Eight patients with covid-19 are reported to have died in hospital due to a stoppage of the ventilators caused by a power cut.

In the neighboring state of Goa, a woman drowned.

Further south, in Karnataka State, the death toll has risen from three to nine. Four people are reported missing.

Floods and landslides are frequent in India during the monsoon season (June-September).

However, according to experts, the season’s rains are becoming more and more intense due to global warming.

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