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Deadly landslide hits western India

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:17 PM - At least seventeen people are dead and as many as 200 trapped following a terrifying landslide that struck a village in western India following a bout of heavy monsoon rain.

According to officials, debris from a hill swarmed the remote village of Malin while residents were asleep.

An estimated 50 homes were damaged. Local government official Saurav Rao told local media that the exact number of casualties is not yet known.

Nine emergency teams, including 378 personnel, have been deployed to help with search and rescue efforts. Heavy machinery and 30 ambulances are also on the scene.


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The rescue has been a logistical challenge, given the village is about 20 kilometres away from the closest medical facility.

The landslide was reported Wednesday around midnight in the village, which resides in India's Maharashtra's Pune district near Mumbai.

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