Because of the overflowing Vashisti River, hundreds of Chiplun villagers were trapped in their homes.
It is impossible to make contact with local inhabitants because electricity and communication lines have been cut. Bridges have also been washed away, making it harder to establish contact. According to NDRF authorities, four teams have been dispatched to Chiplin. The MP stated that because the city has become unreachable by road, the federal government should dispatch helicopters to rescue people as soon as possible. The disappearance of at least three people from one village has been reported following a landslide.
- Hundreds of Chiplun residents were stranded after the Vashisti river, the lifeline of the city, overflowed.
- Power and communication lines have been cut, bridges are under water, and it is difficult to establish contact with local residents.
- In the city, the maximum water level is seven feet.
- According to an MP, at least 5,000 people need to be relocated to safer areas after water entered their homes.
- Ratnagiri District Collector B N Patil said the flood situation is grim but under control.
- Rescue operations have begun by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Coast Guard.
Since overnight night, torrential rains have wrecked havoc on the Ratnagiri district, with Chiplun city suffering the most severe consequences. Hundreds of Chiplun inhabitants were left stranded in their homes after the Vashisti river, which serves as the city’s lifeline, burst its banks.
Rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Coast Guard arrived at Chiplun on Thursday afternoon, and rescue operations had already begun, according to Patil. “The helicopters have begun their sorties,” says the pilot. So far, 100 stranded residents have been relocated to safer locations, and the search and rescue operation is still on. In addition to feeding and sheltering the rescued civilians, 10 Navy teams are expected to arrive in Chiplun by Friday morning, according to the official statement.
Chiplun has a population of between 20,000 and 25,000 people. But as the water level in the river began to rise, large numbers of people… fled the city, as they do in such situations throughout the monsoon season. According to Patil, “It is true that numerous inhabitants are still trapped in their homes, but we do not know the actual number of people who are awaiting rescue.”
Chiplun had 200 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, according to officials, making it the wettest place in Ratnagiri district. A large number of market areas, residential and commercial complexes, and other structures are submerged. Electricity and communication lines have been downed, and bridges in and around Chiplun have been washed away, making it difficult to communicate with local inhabitants, according to authorities.
The State Transportation bus station has been entirely drowned, with all of the buses that were parked there sunk as well. “An energy sub-station in Chiplun has also been inundated, resulting in a disruption in the city’s power supply. Residents’ cellphones are not functioning, making it difficult to determine who is stranded where, according to officials.
In the city, Patil stated that the maximum water level can reach up to seven feet. Buildings with residential and commercial use up to the first floor level have been submerged. “The water is up to five feet deep in most locations, but it can reach seven feet deep in a few places,” he explained.
NDRF authorities, on the other hand, announced that they had dispatched four teams to Chiplun. The floodwaters on the highways have made it difficult to access Chiplun. We will dispatch two additional squads by helicopter. Each team has a total of five boats. Residents should phone the collectorate’s helpline number, which will assist us in determining which areas and buildings the citizens have become stranded,” officials from the National Disaster Response Force said.
Vinayak Raut, a Shiv Sena member of Parliament, told The Indian Express, Approximately 5,000 residents, according to my information, must be relocated to safer locations since water has invaded their homes. The Vashishti River continues to be overflowing…”
According to the MP, the central government should dispatch helicopters to rescue people because the city has become unreachable by road for rescue operations due to the city’s growing population.
Besides that, Raut claims that local police officials have informed him that at least three persons from a single village have gone missing as a result of a landslide. The body of a woman has been discovered, he said.
“Chiplun is like a saucer, surrounded by mountains on all sides,” Sena leader Bhaskar Jadhav described the region. Chiplun had seen worse floods in 2005. However, residents I spoke with claim that the situation is worse now than it was in 2005.”