By Amika Limbu
Ratnagiri, July 3-It seems Maharashtra is going through one tragedy after another. After wall collapsing incidents in Pune and Mumbai, six people were reported dead and 18 were swept after heavy rainfall led to a breach in the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district at around 9.30 pm last night.
According to local villagers, as many as seven down-stream villages including Akle, Riktoli, Ovali, Kalkavne and Nandivase have been flooded and at least 12 houses and 20 vehicles near the dam have been washed away. Three bodies had been recovered by morning. Most of the villagers who were sweot away are from Bhendewadi village
The dam which is 19-year-old had shown signs of leakage but the state government did nothing. District collector Sunil Chavan rescue ooeration was in full
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has reached the spot to carry out search and rescue operations. Additional rescue teams consisting of government officials, police and volunteers are also working at the site.
Former union minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted his condolences today morning and said he had “asked all our karyakartas & NGOs to offer all help to (families of) victims.