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Pune landslide: Toll climbs to 87, many more feared buried

Last updated on: August 03, 2014 16:23 IST

Pune landslide: Toll climbs to 87, many more feared buried

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With the recovery of more bodies, the toll in the landslide catastrophe at Malin village rose to 87 on Sunday even as more that 160 persons are still feared to be trapped under the debris

Mass cremations of the victims are being carried out at the village after identification of bodies by relatives.

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Image: A villager search for family members among the debris of her house at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in Maharashtra on Wednesday
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The rescue operations, which have been hampered by rain and inclement weather, entered the fourth day on Saturday after the July 30 disaster that buried 44 houses, as hopes of finding survivors faded with every passing hour.

About 100 more persons still could be under the massive debris, district authorities said.

"The extrication work is progressing at a slow pace because of restricted movements of JCBs and other heavy equipment due to huge mound of mud and water," said a rescue official.

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Image: Rescue workers and volunteers clear the debris from the site of a landslide at Malin village
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Meanwhile, Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam said the recovery of bodies could take two more days in view of the inclement conditions. He said the National Disaster Response Force jawans were working ceaselessly even through night using power generators and search lights.

The state government has announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each of the victims' families with an assurance of their total rehabilitation.


Image: 44 houses were buried in the landslide
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