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Pune landslide: All 150 trapped feared dead, 50 bodies pulled out of mud

New Delhi: With over 150 feared trapped under debris after a landslide hit Malin village of Pune district, the Maharashtra state government has mobilised all its resources in search and rescue operations.At least 50 people
India TV News Desk August 01, 2014 10:05 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: With over 150 feared trapped under debris after a landslide hit Malin village of Pune district, the Maharashtra state government has mobilised all its resources in search and rescue operations.

At least 50 people are now confirmed dead in the tragedy amid fears that the toll may go up substantially.

"So far we have recovered 50 bodies. The relief and rescue work continues on a war-footing," Pune Collector Saurabh Rao, who is monitoring the situation round-the-clock, said.

The village was entirely swept under a landslide Wednesday.

It has also come to light that around two dozen people were sleeping on a platform of the village temple premises in Malin and they may have been washed away in the adjacent river.

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has started a combing operation along the banks of the river, now in a spate due to incessant rains, to search for victims or survivors.

Braving all odds, the relief and rescue teams continued to search for survivors or bodies of the estimated 130 people who are still feared trapped under the debris, though chances of any more survivors appeared bleak.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar visited Malin and supervised the ongoing search operations here Thursday.

Meanwhile, heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed Malin and surrounding areas since early Friday, slowing down the rescue work.