This Article is From Jul 30, 2014

10 Dead, Nearly 170 Trapped After Massive Landslide Near Pune

10 Dead, Nearly 170 Trapped After Massive Landslide Near Pune

Over 100 people are feared trapped after a landslide in Ambegaon near Pune

Pune: 10 people have been killed and nearly 170 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village 120 kilometres from Pune this morning after torrential rains.

Images of the area showed mountains of slush and mud that can be a logistical nightmare for rescue workers to reach those trapped.

Officials fear the number of dead may rise.

The landslide in the Malin village has buried about 40 houses, according to Prabhakar Deshmukh, the local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra.

Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each were on their way to the site near Pune on Wednesday morning, said SS Guleria, deputy inspector general of operations at the National Disaster Response Force. But their journey is being hindered by poor roads leading to the village and continuing rain.

300 more from the disaster response force have been sent from the Centre.

Reports suggest an entire hillside came crashing down this morning. Officials said hospitals are being mobilised to tackle the potentially massive crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Home Minister Rajnath Singh would go to the spot. He tweeted, "Loss of lives in landslide in Pune dist. is saddening. Spoke to Rajnath ji & he would be travelling to Pune to take stock of the situation."