RATNAGIRI: The search operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for four missing persons entered the sixth day in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri on Monday in the wake of a breach in Tiware Dam.
On July 3, the Tiwari dam in Chiplun taluka of Ratnagiri district had breached late night after heavy rainfall.
A total of 23 went missing on the night of on July 3 and the death toll had climbed to 19 till now.
The dam breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages, which include Akle, Riktoli, Ovali, Kalkavne and Nandivase.
A search operation launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state police personnel is still on.
According to the report, the 19-year-old dam had shown signs of leakage.
Earlier, local representatives had claimed they have written to the administration about the cracks in the walls of the dam, however, no action was taken and alleged that the government neglected their pleas.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced Rs 4 lakh compensation for the kin of each of the deceased person.
He also ordered an enquiry into the incident and contacted district administration to take stock of the relief and rescue operations.