NEW DELHI—The head of a village on India’s west coast was celebrating his birthday final 7 days when a number of community boys ran to his house with a concept: The river that flowed by way of the village was so significant that homes were being swept away from the banking institutions.

Around the previous 7 days, large monsoon rains lashed the state of Maharashtra, triggering scenes of devastation and killing at minimum one hundred fifty persons, in accordance to community govt officials. Mudslides flattened villages and roads turned into rivers that lower off entry to villages.

Immediately after being summoned by the boys, the village head, Somnath Digambar Ozarde, rushed to the river and observed persons striving to rescue their neighbors, he claimed. He estimated the river was twenty five to thirty ft better than regular.

“This is the most important flood we have observed in one hundred to two hundred several years,” he claimed. “Even our parents and grandparents say they haven’t observed everything like this in their lifetimes.”

Flooding and landslides aren’t uncommon all through India’s monsoon year. In 2019, 950 persons died in India since of floods and 264 died in landslides, in accordance to the most the latest info accessible from the Indian govt.