New Delhi: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has resumed the search and rescue operation at Tiware Dam, in which at least 24 people are feared dead following a flood-like situation in the villages near the dam in Ratnagiri.

Water breached Tiware dam due to torrential rainfall in the area and has been overflowing since Tuesday night.

Earlier, Maharashtra Minister T Sawant made a remark that the crabs were responsible for the Tiware dam breach after which Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad reached Thane police station carrying crabs as a mark of protest.

“No arrests made yet. Since crabs are responsible for this, I brought them here,” said Awhad.

In a statement, the NDRF on Wednesday had said that a joint coordination meeting was conducted with all stakeholders during which it was decided to distribute the search area among various agencies based on their capabilities, resources, and experiences.

NDRF Director General S D Pradhan told news agency ANI that the locals in the village did not anticipate this unprecedented volume of rainfall which became the principal cause of the breach on Tuesday night.