Six people were killed and 19 went missing after a dam in Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rain, leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said on Wednesday.
The incident happened around 9.30 p.m. on July 2, when the Tiwari Dam, which had started overflowing after heavy rain, breached Resident Deputy Collector Datta Bhadakawad told IANS.
Teams of the fire brigade and NDRF from Pune and Sindhudurg, besides local volunteers, have launched rescue operations. Top civil and police officials also rushed to the spot.
Local public representatives alleged that the government neglected their pleas for maintenance of the Tiware dam.
They claimed to have written to the administration about the cracks in the walls of the Tiwari dam, but no action was taken.
Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said villagers in the vicinity of the Tiwari dam had complained of cracks in the dam.