Body of a woman was recovered near Harihareshwar (Raigad) and body of the driver of one of the missing buses was recovered from Anjarle area in Dapoli, news agency ANI reported.

22 people went missing after two state-run buses were swept away in the flooded Savitri River when the bridge collapsed. The incident took place last night near Mahad, 170km from Mumbai, amid heavy rainfall. Besides the buses, several other vehicles are also believed to have fallen into the swollen river.

"We faced a lot of problems due to inclement weather and darkness. We will resume the search and rescue operation on a war footing tomorrow morning," a police officer said on Wednesday.

Another senior official said there are slim chances of finding any survivors "but we will continue our efforts". Chief Minister Fadnavis, accompanied by PWD Minister Chnadrakant Patil, and opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress conducted an aerial survey of the area.

"An eyewitness informed us that he saw a few buses, cars and vehicles being swept away in the river. After corroborating his statement with the State Road Transport Corporation, we found two of its buses have not reached their destinations. Therefore, we apprehend those two buses were the same which were swept away in the river," the collector said.

According to district officials, one of the buses was proceeding to Mumbai from Jaigad in Raigad, and the other was on its way to Borivali (Mumbai) from Rajapur.

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