At least 36 people were killed after a monsoon-season flood caused a landslide in Maharashtra, western India.
After heavy rains and floods, houses in the Rigad area were washed away.
Rescue teams are recovering the bodies from under the debris, but fear that more people will go missing.
Rescue efforts have been hampered by heavy rains and foggy conditions.
Maharashtra has experienced the heaviest monsoon season in July for 40 years. According to experts, this is a direct result of climate change.
In the state’s largest city, Mumbai, more than 30 people have died in the past week due to heavy rain landslides and wall collapses.
Nidhi Chaudhary, a collector in the Raigad district, told news agency ANI that 32 people were killed in the village of Taliye and four in the city of Mahad.
According to local reports, Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thacke called an emergency meeting and urged authorities to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the disaster.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also told Mr. Thackeray to keep track of the situation and promised him full support.
The Indian Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are supporting rescue teams struggling to find bodies in Raigad.
The site was completely shut down due to the collapse of bridges and mobile towers in the area during the flood.
Authorities urged the stranded residents to go to the rooftop from where rescue teams coming by helicopter could find them because they couldn’t reach them.
In Mumbai, India’s financial capital, two people were killed and 10 were injured after a housing structure collapsed in the city’s Gobandi district on Friday.
Trains have stopped operating and the lowlands of the city have become flooded. And weather experts say heavy rains will continue to hit the city for the next few days.
Heavy rains in Mumbai are not uncommon. Floods occur every year during the monsoon season, but in recent years the intensity of rain has increased.
Thousands of people move to the city every day in search of work that facilitates rapid construction, which is very often unregulated, forcing many to live in dilapidated buildings.
Experts also blame climate change and changing weather patterns due to extreme conditions.