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Heavy rain in Maharashtra breaks 40-year July record, India

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Incessant rain over the last 48 hours has led to devastating floods in parts of Maharashtra, with three districts flooded and two districts facing a flood-like situation. The rains intensified on July 21, making this July the wettest in 40 years.

From July 1 to 22, Ratnagiri recorded 1 781 mm (77.1 inches) of rain, the highest July rainfall in 40 years. Its monthly rainfall average in July is 972.5 mm (38.2 inches).

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Satara District received 1 074.8 mm (42.3 inches) of rain in 48 hours to July 23 — 480.4 mm (18.9 inches) to July 22 and 594.4 mm (23.4 inches) to July 23.

Massive rescue operations are ongoing across the state and the number of casualties is rising.

Featured image credit: NDRF

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