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Schools will open in Maharashtra from July 15, announced by the Minister of School Education, on laid below conditions

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Corona virus infection is now decreasing in Maharashtra. In such situation, Maharashtra’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has given a big statement regarding the opening of the school. Minister Varsha Gaikwad says that the schools will open in Maharashtra from mid-July i.e. 15th July. However, during this time only students from class 8th to 12th will be allowed to attend the school. During this, the School Education Minister made it clear that this preparation for opening the school is not currently in urban areas. Schools will be opened only in those rural areas of Maharashtra where there are no cases of corona infection. According to Maharashtra’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, the last whole year was very difficult for the children. Many things were started afresh in schools. He said that now in the talk of the third wave, it is being said that children are being affected the most. We are all working keeping in mind the Delta Plus virus of Corona.

The School Education Minister said that we are not going to open schools in all the places yet. Schools are going to open only in rural areas. Where no case of corona would have come for a month and the villages which will take the responsibility that they are standing together to fight against corona. Schools will be opened in those places only. Varsha Gaikwad said that the consent of the parents of the children would also be taken in the village where the schools would be opened. SOP is being prepared for this. Children’s health is our first priority.

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89,000 rendered homeless in flood-battered Maharashtra

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As rains finally took a break, the flood-ravaged districts of Maharashtra presented a grim scenario with over 89,000 people evacuated and only beginning to grapple with the idea of how to rebuild their lives, officials said here on Saturday.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray left Mumbai by helicopter to Raigad and then by road to survey the worst-hit Taliye village, near Mahad, where more than 50 people perished under a hillslide on Friday.

According to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the towns of Chiplun and Khed in Ratnagiri district were completely inundated with water, both remained cut-off from land routes as the Vashishti River bridge was washed away in the flood.

As unprecedented rains jacked up the water levels to more than 15-20 feet (or, two-three floors of buildings), thousands of people were stranded on rooftops or upper floods and were seen screaming for help.

The NDRF and ICG teams were deployed to rescue them while the IAF choppers dropped food and medicine packets, and over 1,000 were evacuated safely.

With a stupendous record 110-cms rainfall in the popular hillstation of Mahabaleshwar, massive water rushed to the Koyna Dam and Koltewadi Dam and their discharges caused the Vashishti River to swell above the danger levels, resulting in floods in the towns and villages on its banks.

There were over a dozen hillslides and landslips in different districts burying scores and many more reported missing and efforts on a warfront are on to rescue them from the slush and stones.

The state government has sanctioned Rs.2-crore for relief operations to the affected regions where water levels started receding and cleaning operations have been taken up.

The SDMA today pegged the current official death toll at 76 besides another 59 missing and 38 injured in the floods, hill-slips, landslides and other rain-related tragedies.

The worst-hit districts were Kolhapur, Raigad, Sangli, Ratnagiri, Satara, Sindhudurg, Mumbai and Thane, hitting a total of 890 villages.

A total of 25 NDRF teams plus eight on standby, three units each of Indian Army and Indian Coast Guard, seven of Indian Navy and one of Indian Air Force, besides local authorities are engaged in the rescue operations non-stop since the past over 24 hours.

The SDMA said that with fresh rains starting in the area, the authorities are on high alert to prevent any untoward situation while health officials are keeping an eye on the region for possible outbreak of any diseases in the flood aftermath.

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Taliye village of Raigad devastated by landslide, population of 120 people, 49 dead, 47 missing

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides have cause great damage in Maharashtra. So far 136 people have been confirmed dead in different different incidents. But the most painful accident happened in Taliye village of Mahad taluka of Raigad district, where 49 people have died. Here 12 people are still injured, while 47 others are said to be missing. See the scene in the pictures.. This incident of landslide happened in Raigad’s Taliye on Thursday evening. Relief and rescue work is on. Milind Gangwane, a resident here, said, ‘The disaster alert was not issued to the villagers by the government and the administration. Our small village has a population of 120 peoples only. The stone fell from a height of 100 feet from the mountain.

He also told that they were shifted to a safer place 4-5 days ago by the local administration but they returned when the rains subsided. Several people have died in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Raigad, Satara, Ratnagiri. At the same time, a resident of Taliye named Ankita told- My house was broken. This had never happened before. People had built new houses and took loans for the same. Everything is over. The opposition BJP accused the leaders of the ruling party and the administration of not taking action on time and not reaching even after 20 hours of the incident. At the same time, the NDRF team, which came from Mumbai via helicopter, had to return due to non-availability of landing place from the administration.

There is a red alert in Raigad, Konkan and Satara for the next two days. Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are on Orange Alert. River Panchganga in Kolhapur, Kajali and Muchkundi in Ratnagiri, Krishna river and Koyna dam as well as Vishishti river are still flowing above the danger mark. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced interim assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased in rain-related accidents. The central government will give Rs 2 lakh to the families of dead person and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took the look of the situation by reaching the emergency control room of Mantralaya.

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7 Indian Navy teams start flood rescue in Maharashtra

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The Western Naval Command, Mumbai has mobilised flood rescue teams and helicopters to provide assistance to the state for rescuing those marooned in flood-hit areas of Raigad and Ratnagiri, defence officials said here on Friday.

Following a request by Maharashtra Government, seven naval rescue teams reached Raigad and Ratnagiri districts by road.

En route they encountered adverse weather conditions and widespread inundation in affected areas and are being deployed as per directions of the civil administration.

The navy is also taking up the airlift of marooned people from Poland in Raigad for which a Seaking 42C helicopter departed from the INS Shikra early today.

The naval Flood Rescue Teams are fully self-sustained and equipped with Gemini rubber boats, loud hailers, first aid kits, life jackets and life buoys, manned by specialist Naval Divers and diving equipment.

Additional Flood Rescue Teams are being maintained on a high degree of readiness at Mumbai, for immediate deployment, should the need arise, said a navy spokesperson.

At least nine persons were killed as unprecedented torrential rains pounded the coastal and western Maharashtra for the past 36 hours.

Several towns and villages in Raigad, Ratnagiri have been flooded, marooning thousands and over two dozen villages were completely cut off from the rest of the state.

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