Heavy monsoon rains caused a breach on a small dam in Maharashtra’s coastal district of Ratnagiri, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least six people with 18 missing, a government official said on Wednesday.
Seasonal rains have crippled India’s financial centre of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic in the city of 18 million, while wall collapses have killed nearly 30 people, news agency Reuters reported.
Tuesday’s breach of the Tiware dam, nearly 275 km south of Mumbai, washed away dozens of homes, a state government official said.
“Around 18 people are missing,” he added. “Six dead bodies have been recovered.”
State officials have asked the National Disaster Response Force to help find the missing.