Landslide has done a big blow to Malin village, near the city of Pune in Maharashtra state of India, killing at least 10 people, buried more than 40 houses and left 160 people trapped.
The first teams of emergency workers who arrived at the disaster happened scene are said to be trying to reach survivors caught under the debris but are being hampered by bad weather.
Reports said that heavy rains had triggered the landslide.
An official of India’s National Disaster Response Force said difficult terrain in the hilly area was making rescue work difficult.
Senior local official, Prabhakar Deshmukh said that rescue workers were being hampered by rains and poor roads leading to the Ambegaon area where Malin is located, some 60km (37 miles) from the city of Pune, south-east of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital.
Reports said debris from a hill near the village collapsed on homes early today when people were sleeping.
Television pictures showed the side of a hill shaved off, with mud and water flowing below.
Local official, Saurav Rao said that heavy machinery and 30 ambulances were being sent to the village.
“The exact number of casualties is not known as we are moving slowly to ensure that those trapped are removed safely,” Rao said.
More than 500 people died and several thousand people remain missing after floods and landslides hit the northern state of Uttarakhand in June last year. [myad]