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At least 200 dead due to rain in western India

At least 200 dead due to rain in western India

In hard-hit Maharashtra, rescue workers have stopped searching for survivors in the village of Tali, south of Bombay, where 53 were found dead after a massive landslide. Local authorities say the names of 31 people still missing will be added to the 198 people officially said to have died.

The west coast of India was hit by heavy rains for several days, and a quarter of a million people in three states were forced to evacuate their homes, while large areas were subjected to power outages. But now the deadly monsoon rains have begun to recede.

“The focus has shifted to evacuating the wounded and restoring electricity after the water level receded,” a spokesman for the National Disaster Response Force told AFP.

On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Udav Thackeray described what happened in the state as “unimaginable”.

The neighboring state of Goa has also been hard hit by the monsoon rains. State leader Pramod Sawant says the floods are the worst since 1982.

To the south, in Karnataka, nine people were killed in the floods and four others were missing, officials said.

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