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Author Name: Agence France Presse
150 Feared Trapped In Landslide In India Village
Map locating Malin village in India's western Maharashtra state. A major landslide on Wednesday struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving 150 people feared trapped, a rescue official said. The landslide submerged Malin village in Pune district of Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, regional commandant at the National Disaster Response Force. "Civil authorities say around 42 to 50 houses are affected. 150 people are feared trapped. We have sent two teams," Avasthy told AFP. Indian television station CNN-IBN said five people were killed in the landslide while another five have been rescued. Heavy machinery has been mobilised to try to rescue those feared trapped, while about 30 ambulances have been rushed to the scene, local government official Saurav Rao told the Press Trust of India news agency. Heavy rains have been falling for days in Maharashtra as a result of the annual monsoon. Almost 6,000 people are presumed to have died during flash floods and landslides triggered by last year's monsoon rains in the northern India state of Uttarakhand.

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