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150 feared trapped in landslide in India village: rescue official

Published on Jul 30, 2014 4:42 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A major landslide on Wednesday struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving 150 people feared trapped, a rescue official said.

The landslide submerged Malin village in Pune district of Maharashtra state, said Mr Alok Avasthy, regional commandant at the National Disaster Response Force.

"Civil authorities say around 42 to 50 houses are affected. 150 people are feared trapped. We have sent two teams," Mr Avasthy told AFP.

He said that it was difficult to confirm casualties as the village has been cut off from communications.

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