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Pune: 18 killed, over 150 trapped in landslide at Ambegaon, rescue operations on

Jul 30, 2014 04:29 PM IST India India
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Pune: Eighteen people have been killed in a landslide that took place on Wednesday in Malin village in Ambegaon taluka of Pune. According to NDRF Control Room, 18 people have died and eight injured in the tragedy. The injured were pulled out of the rubble and admitted to a primary health centre nearby. State administration sources said that 40 houses with 150 to 200 people are believed to be trapped under the debris.

Seven NDRF teams including State Disaster team are on the site for rescue and relief operation.

Racing against time and battling inclement weather, NDRF personnel have pulled out 15 bodies from the rubble and as many injured survivors so far, sources in the emergency control room set up at adjoining Manchar taluka said.

The survivors have been admitted to nearby government-run health centres.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan visited the site of on Wednesday evening and reviewed the rescue operation undertaken by NDRF and other agencies.

Chavan, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, inquired about the treatment being given to the injured pulled out from under the debris.

He also appealed to people to not crowd around the site and allow the rescuers to do their work without hindrance.

Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra Chief Minister said that over 700 people live in the area. "We have ordered for evacuation of all affected villages, two companies of NDRF team are already present there and around 160 people are trapped in the landslide," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy and asked Singh to rush to Pune to take stock of the situation. "The Prime Minister has condoled the loss of lives in the landslide and directed all possible efforts to help the affected people," a PMO statement said in Delhi.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the village. During the visit, the Home Minister will meet the affected people and take stock of the rescue operations. He is also expected to hold a meeting with local authorities. Singh is rushing to Pune after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to him about the tragedy.

Three hundred National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnels have reached the landslide area for rescue and relief work.. NDRF Inspector General Sandeep Sai Rathore said, "The movement was slow as the road was muddy and it was raining. Rescue work is going in at two-three places."

He said, "We will give them first aid and initial treatment on the spot. As and when we need heavy equipment, we will ask from the local administration."

"The Pune District Collector gave the information of major landslide at 10:45 AM. Around 40 houses and more than 150 people are feared to be trapped under the debris," said NDRF Commandant Alok Avasthy.

District Collector Saurav Rao, police officials and medical teams have reached the spot. Local NCP MLA Dilip Walse told CNN-IBN that the area is remote and connectivity is poor.

He added, "This is a very remote area and connectivity is poor. There is heavy rains in the area. The Revenue commissioner is monitoring the rescue operation from Pune."

Rao said, "About 30 ambulances have been rushed from adjoining areas to extend medical help to the victims," he said, adding earth moving equipment from government and private parties were being pressed into service. Communication difficulties and rains were affecting the operations."

With inputs from PTI
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