At last count, 18 people have been killed in a landslide in Malin, a village in the Pune district of India. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has a team on site and they are attempting to rescue people who have been buried under the slide. At this time, it is feared that some 200 people may be trapped under the debris of mud and boulders, some who were asleep in their homes when the landslide hit. Local police, the army and other villagers are assisting in the rescue attempts and the death toll is expected to rise.
Landslides during the monsoon season in India are not uncommon and the area has seen significant rainfall. The inclement weather not only contributed to the landslide incident; it is hampering rescue efforts. In addition, the condition of the roads leading into the village have delayed further rescue resources from reaching the disaster site.
By Alana Marie Burke