A landslide has occurred in Malin village in Ambegaon tehsil in Pune district, Maharashtra with around 150 people feared trapped under the debris. Five people have died as a result, according to TV reports.
Police official Vinod Pawar told media persons that the landslide occurred at around 5 am, as heavy downpour loosened earth and dislodged rocks and boulders. Heavy rain has continued to lash the region over the past four days.
Saurabh Rao, District Magistrate of Pune, confirmed that more than 45 houses were buried due to the landslide. "The number of casualties will be finalised in a couple of hours. Evacuation process for nearby villages has also been started. There is a risk of landslides in nearby villages," he added.
Maharashtra MLA Dilip Walse Patil said, "Since weather is not good, there are many hurdles. We have to overcome these hurdles... For the first time, something like this is happening in this area."
The estimated 150-plus villagers sleeping in their homes were caught unawares and many are feared trapped under the mud, boulders and debris, and the army has been requested to help, added Patil.
According to TV reports, two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising around 100 personnel have been dispatched to the village. Police and medical teams have reached the spot with around 30 ambulances present.
The landslide occurred because of incessant heavy rains. Dams near the village overflew which reportedly resulted in the landslide.
Till noon, two persons were rescued alive from the debris as a downpour hampered rescue operations.
(With inputs from IANS)
Updated Date: Jul 30, 2014 14:21 PM