Over a dozen killed and 160 feared trapped as major landslide hits Pune village

Over a dozen killed and 160 feared trapped as major landslide hits Pune village

Over a dozen killed and 160 feared trapped as major landslide hits Pune village

Written by Bella Dalima

30 Jul, 2014 | 9:37 pm

At least 17 people were killed after heavy rains triggered a landslide in Maharashtra’s Pune district, burying over 160 as rescuers searched for survivors and bodies in the massive debris of mud and rock. Racing against time and battling inclement weather.

NDRF personnel have pulled out 17 bodies from the rubble and s many injured survivors so far, sources in the emergency
control room set up at adjoining Manchar taluka told PTI.

The survivors have been admitted to nearby government-run health centres. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said over 160 people were believed to be trapped in 44 houses buried under the rubble after large parts of a hillside collapsed early this morning.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Malin village, the scene of the tragedy, in Ambegaon taluka of the district, some 120 km from the district headquarters. During the visit, the Home Minister will meet the affected people and take stock of the rescue operations. He is also expected to hold a meeting with local authorities.

 

Source: TheIndianExpress

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