Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015

India village landslide: PM Modi saddened by loss of life as 10 dead, up to 200 feared trapped

Published on Jul 30, 2014 8:27 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A major landslide on Wednesday struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 10 people and leaving up to 200 feared trapped, an official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the loss of life as "saddening" on Twitter, while TV footage showed workers carrying a victim on a stretcher towards vehicles, as a crowd watched. Television footage also showed a chunk of hillside dramatically giving way and a cascade of mud, rocks and trees, sparking clouds of dust below.

Emergency forces rushed to a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra state, where a hill collapsed sending mud and rocks tumbling on to homes in the morning as residents were reportedly sleeping.

"Ten dead bodies have been recovered so far," said Ms Tripti Parule, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, in an e-mail message to AFP. "Two persons alive have been rescued. According to the district officials, 150 to 200 (are) feared trapped," she said.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!