Greece sends ‘heartfelt condolences’ to India after deadly floods claim innocent lives

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Greece’s Foreign Ministry expressed on Saturday its “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims of the deadly floods and landslides in western India.

“At this difficult time, our thoughts go out to the missing, the injured and the rescue crews. We extend our solidarity to the people and government of India,” it said in a post on Twitter.

At least 112 people have lost their lives in western India in landslides and floods caused by torrential monsoon rains.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.Photo: CNN

In hard-hit Raigad, south of Mumbai, where landslides buried dozens of houses, at least 47 people were killed and 53 others were feared trapped under layers of mud.

The downpour caused the Savitri river to burst its banks, leaving the town of Mahad completely inaccessible by road, and prompting terrified residents to climb onto rooftops and upper floors to escape swelling waters.

A combined rescue operation involving the army, navy and air force was under way to evacuate those stranded by the flooding. Their operations, though, were hampered by high water levels and landslides blocking roads, including the main highway between Mumbai and Goa.

Nearly 90,000 people have been evacuated in Maharashtra so far.

The navy deployed seven rescue teams equipped with rubber boats, life jackets and lifebuoys to the affected areas, along with specialist divers and a helicopter to airlift marooned residents.

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