• 150 FEARED DEAD IN INDIA LANDSLIDE

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    MALIN, India: Rescue workers dug through deep mud and debris on Thursday in search of victims of a major landslide in western India that buried homes, with the death toll expected to reach 150. Following monsoon downpours in the Pune district of Maharashtra state, a hillside gave way early on Wednesday, sending a mass of muddy earth and trees tumbling onto a remote village while residents were sleeping. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 23 bodies and eight survivors had so far been pulled from the site, but heavy rain was preventing rescuers from working quickly to find more survivors. “Miracles do happen, we will keep looking, but under current conditions it is very, very bleak,” said Alok Avasthy, a NDRF regional commandant at the scene. He said around 160 people were thought to have been trapped in the landslide, which damaged half of the village’s 70 homes. “The mud slide must have been massive and very quick considering it has covered an area roughly the size of a football field with nearly 10 to 15 feet [three to 4.5 meters]of debris,” Avasthy told Agence France-Presse.

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