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India landslide death toll climbs to 92

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Indian villager Chandrakant Zhanjare, who lost 13 members of his family, breaks down as he sits on an uprooted tree near the spot which was once his ancestral home, at Malin Village of Pune district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Aug 1, 2014. Rescue workers on Sunday discovered more bodies in the mud and debris of a devastating landslide in western India, taking the confirmed death toll to 92, an official said. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Rescue workers on Sunday discovered more bodies in the mud and debris of a devastating landslide in western India, taking the confirmed death toll to 92, an official said.

With dozens more villagers still missing, rescue workers kept up their grim search for victims of the landslide that destroyed a remote village in Maharashtra state on July 30.

"So far we have found 92 bodies and eight survivors. But we expect to find 68 more bodies," Alok Awasthi, commandant of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), told AFP. "About 60 per cent of the area has been cleared and more than 50 percent of the rescue effort is done," he said.

Rescue workers using diggers and other heavy machinery continued to be hampered by heavy rain, which is thought to have triggered the landslide, he said.

 
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