Official Death Toll
"Maharashtra government on Monday submitted to the Bombay high court a list of 1,493 people who died in the recent deluge in various parts of the state and due to various flood-related diseases.
The state government informed that a total of 1058 people died in deluge while 435 more lost their lives due to flood related diseases. Some 141 others were missing in the deluge. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has already filed an affidavit stating that 546 people died in the city, including 75 killed in landslide and 179 drowned in floods."
I find that figure extremely low considering the various real-life stories I have heard about the floods. Why does the government almost always give a lower estimate when clearly everyone knows that the numbers are way higher?