At least six people were killed and 18 others are still missing after the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district breached on Tuesday night following incessant rainfall.
The dam breach caused flood-like situation in seven downstream villages washing away at least 12 houses near the dam.
Civil administration, police, volunteers and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams rushed to the spot and are carrying out search and rescue operations on war footing.
According to police, the Tiware Dam which had started overflowing around 8 pm following heavy rain, reportedly breached soon after.
Several parts of Maharashtra have been battered with heavy rain in the past five days, and on Tuesday at least 40 people were killed in rain-related incidents across the state.
Till Tuesday, the torrential rains had claimed around 50 lives in the state.
Mumbai received record rainfall and life remained paralysed on Tuesday as most of the roads got clogged and local train services virtually coming to a standstill.
Air, road and rail traffic was severely in the state and the financial capital.