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In pictures: Deadly India landslide hits Pune village

  • 31 July 2014
  • From the section India

Rescue workers are racing against time to find survivors of a landslide that has claimed at least 30 lives and buried some 40 homes in a village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Officials fear that up to 200 people may be trapped in the debris.

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Teams worked through Thursday night in Malin village in Pune district but rain was hampering efforts to search for scores of people presumed trapped under the mud and debris.

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A large part of a nearby hill collapsed on Malin, and its people were covered with tonnes of loose earth, mud and rocks.

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More than 24 hours after disaster struck, more than 370 rescuers are digging through the debris to try to reach survivors, but hopes are getting dimmer.

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Malin is home to between 150 and 200 tribal people. The landslide hit the village early on Wednesday while people were sleeping, burying the occupants inside their homes.

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Most of Malin's inhabitants are believed to have been trapped in some 44 houses buried under the rubble.

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Ten people have been rescued from the wreckage and taken to hospital.