Tiware dam breach: Search operation enters fifth day, death toll reaches 20

ANI Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India Jul 07, 2019, 01.20 PM(IST)

Tiware dam. Photograph:( IANS )

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The death toll climbed to 20 after one more body was recovered during the search operation on Sunday.

The search operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for four missing persons entered the fifth day here on Sunday in the wake of a breach in Tiware Dam which has claimed 20 lives.

A total of 23 went missing on the night of on July 3 when the dam developed a breach following heavy rains in the area causing a flood-like situation in several downstream villages.

The death toll climbed to 20 after one more body was recovered during the search operation on Sunday.

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According to police, villagers have been moved to safer places and the situation is under control now.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced Rs 4-lakh compensation for the kin of each of the deceased and promised a probe saying action will be taken against anyone found guilty of negligence.