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More bodies found in landslide slush near Pune, toll now 28

Pune, Jul 31 (Agencies): Rescuers have pulled out five more bodies from the slush and debris of the landslide that devastated Malin village near here on Wednesday following heavy rain. The death toll has gone up to 28, and 150 people are still feared to be trapped under the huge mound of mud and rock.

National Disaster Response Force rescue workers, working in seven teams of 42 each, have also rescued eight injured persons who were being treated at nearby hospitals, Pune Deputy Collector Suresh Jadhav told PTI.

Rescue work, though affected by rain and muddy terrain, was continuing without a break in the village, he said, adding that the pace was slow because utmost caution was being exercised to ensure safety of those still alive under the debris.

About 150 people could still be trapped under the huge mound of landslide debris of mud and stones, he said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is at the site to inspect the relief and rescue operation, Jadhav said

As many as 44 houses were crushed in Malin village, located at the foot of a hill in Ambegaon taluka, about 120 km from the district headquarters here in Western Maharashtra, by the massive landslide that occurred on Wednesday morning.

Scores of excavators, dumpers and ambulances have been pressed into service to clear the rubble and shift the dead and survivors to hospitals.