Heavy Rains in Goa: Three Dead in Wall Collapse, 150 Rescued from Waterfall

Heavy Rains in Goa: Three Dead in Wall Collapse, 150 Rescued from Waterfall

Heavy Rains in Goa: Three Dead in Wall Collapse, 150 Rescued from Waterfall

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Heavy rains in Goa lead to tragic deaths, rescue operations, and closures of popular spots as authorities work to manage the aftermath.

Heavy rain has wreaked havoc in Goa, leading to the tragic death of three labourers and the rescue of 150 people stranded at a waterfall. The downpour caused landslides and wall collapses, severely impacting the state.

Three labourers employed on an engineering project died when a retaining wall collapsed in North Goa’s Kundaim. The victims were identified as Dilip Yadav (37), Mukesh Kumar Singh (38), and Trinath Nayak (47). Additionally, one worker was also injured in the incident. 

In a separate incident in Sattari taluka, over 150 people, including locals and tourists, were stranded at Pali waterfall in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Heavy rain caused water levels to suddenly increase, cutting off access to safety. A rescue operation, which lasted four hours, successfully brought all 150 individuals to safety. “All stranded people at Pali were rescued with the help of forest, police, and local residents,” said North Goa SP Akshat Kaushal.

A forest department official explained that visitors were trapped in several patches at the waterfall due to rising water levels. “The rain caused the stream to swell, preventing people from crossing. A combing operation ensured everyone was rescued by 6:30 PM,” the official said. Most of the stranded individuals were from different parts of Goa.

Pali waterfall, though designated as a “low-risk” trail, has now been closed along with all other waterfalls in the state for a week due to ongoing rain. The state forest department implemented this closure following the incident to ensure public safety.

The directorate of education also declared that schools would remain closed on Monday. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for Goa, predicting “heavy to very heavy rainfall” and strong surface winds. Panaji, the state capital, received over 115 mm of rain in just six hours on Sunday morning.

The heavy rains also caused a landslide at Connem Priol on the national highway, prompting traffic diversions. Clearing operations were initiated, and the road was reopened by 4 PM. Meanwhile, a retaining wall also collapsed, on National Highway 66 at the Naibag-Pernem stretch, and a portion of the Altinho road near Mala district court caved in, leading to further road closures. The Paroda-Quepem bridge in South Goa was also submerged.

Earlier this year, the forest department had banned access to waterfalls following several drowning incidents. Although the ban was partially lifted for low-risk sites like Pali, the recent weather conditions have led to a temporary closure to ensure public safety. The state’s tourism minister, Rohan Khaunte, had previously criticized the ban, highlighting its negative impact on tourism and local businesses.