At least 16 people have died in India’s western state of Maharashtra as heavy rains and overflowing rivers swamped five districts.
Heavy rains battered large swathes of the country on Wednesday and the situation remained grim in flood-hit parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra.
While the toll in Karnataka rose to five since Sunday and nearly 26,000 people have been evacuated, according to a government official.
Floodgates were opened in the dams in Maharashtra and barrages and reservoirs in Karnataka, where road and rail links remain hit by incessant monsoon rains.
Heavy downpour triggered by a deep depression, which crossed Odisha coast, battered several parts of the state creating a flood-like situation and disrupting train services in some areas in the southern region.
Nearly 2.5 lacs people have been evacuated in Sangli, Kolhapur and Pune, Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said.
The weather department has forecast heavy rainfall in the region in the next three days, prompting authorities to send more rescue teams by air.
Teams of the Territorial Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are conducting rescue operations in Kolhapur and Sangli