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India: entire village buried under massive mudslide

India: entire village buried under massive mudslide
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An entire village has been buried under a massive mudslide.

Torrential rains in rural western India have triggered the landslide that killed 17 people as it swept away scores of thatched huts and brick houses.

Rescue teams and locals pulled people out of the deep mud 60 km from the city of Pune.

Officials said others may have been trapped under rocks, trees and mud.

Ranadeep Gokhale, a regular visitor to the village said, “I came here to visit my relatives […] this time I discovered the entire village had been destroyed.”

The nearest medical centre is about 15 kilometres from the village which is southeast of Mumbai.

Persistent rain and bad roads have been hampering rescue efforts.

The area around the village has been largely deforested. That has increased its exposure to landslides.