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Rescuers battle rains after India landslide, 150 feared dead

Published on Jul 31, 2014 1:16 PM
 

MALIN, India (AFP) - Rescue workers dug through deep mud and debris on Thursday in search of victims of a major landslide in western India that buried homes, with the death toll expected to reach 150.

Following monsoon downpours in the Pune district of Maharashtra state, a hillside gave way early on Wednesday, sending a mass of muddy earth and trees tumbling onto a remote village while residents were sleeping.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 23 bodies and eight survivors had so far been pulled from the site, but heavy rain was preventing rescuers from working quickly to find more survivors.

"Miracles do happen, we will keep looking, but under current conditions it is very, very bleak," said Mr Alok Avasthy, a NDRF regional commandant at the scene.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clear the debris from the site of a landslide at Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 30, 2014. Rescue workers dug through deep mud and debris on Thursday in search of victims of a major landslide in western India that buried homes, with the death toll expected to reach 150. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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