Sunday 23 November 2014

63 dead following India landslide

Published 01/08/2014 | 10:59

Many people have lost their relatives to the landslide in Malin village. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Many people have lost their relatives to the landslide in Malin village. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Heavy rains are hampering rescue efforts. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

At least 63 people are dead after a landslide in India engulfed a village.

Rescue workers in the Pune district of Maharashtra state say they are having trouble using sniffer dogs and equipment to detect signs of life. Dozens of people are still missing.

Officials said the life-saving equipment is not working well because of rain and mud 15 feet deep.

Landslides are common during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. The area around the stricken village has been deforested extensively, increasing its vulnerability to landslides.

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