23 dead in Pune landslide, rescue work continues

23 dead in Pune landslide, rescue work continues Ambegaon: Twenty three people have lost their life in landslide in Ambegaon in Pune district. The rescue operation had been still on as it had been feared that about 158 people had been trapped after heavy rain which triggered a landslide on Wednesday.

More than 40 houses have been swept away by the landslide.

National Disaster Response Force official Alok Avasthi said, “Approaching the area was very difficult. It took a lot of time for us to reach as rains and mud made it difficult.”

Notify that about 280 NDRF personnel have been evolve in the rescue operations and it seems that operation could take 48-72 more hours.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited the affected area on Thursday.

A statement had been released from the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It states, “The Prime Minister has condoled the loss of lives in the landslide and directed all possible efforts to help the affected people.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan visited the spot on Wednesday and reviewed the rescue operation.

Pune Collector Saurav Rao said that large earth-moving machinery have been pressed into service but rescuers are moving slowly to avoid causing harm to the possible survivors.1

Bureau Report

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