The torrential rain that began on July 22, 2021, has caused havoc in Ratnagiri district, with Chiplun city being the worst hit. After the Vashishti River, the city’s sustenance flooded, hundreds of Chiplun inhabitants were trapped in their houses.
Chiplun, which is around 250 kilometres from Mumbai and has over 70,000 people, has been flooded to the extent that more than half of the city has been drowned.
Several teams from the NDRF, Coast Guard, Navy, and Army have been pushed into rescue operations. The death toll in Maharashtra has risen to 192, as torrential rains have inundated portions of the state and its surrounding regions, causing life to grind to a halt. According to state government statistics, over three lakh people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas, one of the biggest rescue operations in decades. The largest evacuation took place from western Maharashtra districts – Sangli (206,619), Kolhapur (150,365), Satara (7,530), followed by Konkan districts – Thane (6,930), Sindhudurg (1,271), Ratnagiri (1,200), and Raigad (1,000), and a majority have been housed in 259 relief camps, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said.
In collaboration with the state government, the NDRF stated its 33 teams are conducting relief and rescue operations in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Raigad, Sahara, Sangli, Sindhudurg Nagar, and Kolhapur. More than 25,500 livestock have been engulfed and more than approximately more than 200 people dead.
On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had to abandon his trip to the flood hit area and his helicopter couldn’t land due to poor visibility. The State Disaster Response Fund has given Rs 2 crore to Ratnagiri and Raigad districts, respectively. For urgent reaction, a fund of Rs 50 lakh has been set up for all other affected areas. Probably in one of the highest yearly spend towards disaster mitigation, the Centre has released more than Rs 30,000 crore of disaster funds to states and Union Territories since the beginning of the pandemic last year.
Incessant rains in Ratnagiri district’s mountainous areas, illegal constructions along the Vashishti river bed, and water flow from the Kolkewadi dam have conspired to create mayhem in Chiplun’s coastal town.
According to the report, the heavy rains impacted more than 1028 villages in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, and Pune. Five aid camps have been established in flood-ravaged Chiplun city, Ratnagiri district. According to the statement, the relief and rescue efforts are being carried out by 25 NDRF teams, four SDRF teams, two Coast Guard teams, five Navy teams, and three Army teams.
An outpouring of relief
Several Maharashtra districts, NGOs, people, and institutions have stepped forward to help. Many of Mumbai’s residents have Konkani origins.
Says Imran Alvi, Alvi Foundation, “We began giving them water and food supplies, then clothing and supplies for cleaning (phenyl and wipes, broomsticks, etc.) Since people had nothing.
Later with our whole team, we delivered 2500 kg rice every day, sometimes 4000 or 6000 kg. Our volunteers fill the tempo and pack it, 10 kg rice, milk, cookies, drinks, and everything else. The local staff separates it, packages it, delivers it to numerous tiny villages, individually to each home, and reports it.
Daroom Uloom Madrasa in Shiroli, Kolhapur, has sheltered 400 flood victims.
“We’ve sheltered nearly 400 individuals, mostly women and kids. They get food and other services “Haji Aslam Sayyid, Madrasa caretaker.
Help is flooding in from Mumbai and across the globe from volunteer and religious organizations. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are constantly distributing humanitarian supplies to the Konkanese impacted regions.
Many NGOs, including Juma Masjid Trust and Be Human Foundation, sent five trucks of aid on Saturday. Trust chairman Shuaib Khatib said, “The cars arrived after a four-hour journey. More trucks are coming.”
Jamate Islami Hind Maharashtra distributed 800+ households, wipes and cleaning supplies. 1700 cooked Food packets were given. Distributed 1000 Blankets etc. Ration Packages were also given for Konkan Flood affected people By FGRF INDIA (Dawat-e-islami India).
NGO Khaana Chahiye provided a brave update on relief efforts, making us proud of their work.
SIO South Maharashtra stepped forward to support the Konkan.
“4 Tempos loaded with flood relief materials and volunteers of SIO, IRW and JIH are on the way to Chiplun, Konkan under leadership of Afeef Asre, Joint Secretary, SIO South Maharashtra,” reported Raafid Shahab, Secretary of SIO. Many foundations are constantly working to assist flood-affected individuals by collecting online transactions, contributions, and going on the ground to assist the inhabitants of the area.