With five more bodies being extricated today from the debris of the landslide that devastated Malin village near here, the death toll has gone up to 28 even as 150 people were still feared to be trapped under the huge mound of mud-and-rock debris. While recovering 28 bodies as part the rescue operation since yesterday morning, the NDRF jawans also rescued eight injured persons who were being treated at nearby hospitals, Pune Deputy Collector Suresh Jadhav told PTI. Rescue work, though affected by rain and muddy terrain, was continuing without a break in the village, he said, adding that the pace was slow because utmost caution was being exercised to ensure safety of those still alive under the debris. About 150 people could still be trapped under the huge mound of landslide debris of mud and stones, he said. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is at the mishap site to inspect the relief and rescue operation, Jadhav said As many as 44 houses were crushed in Malin village, located at the foot of a hill in Ambegaon taluka, about 120 kms from the district headquarters here in Western Maharashtra, by the massive landslide that occurred yesterday morning. Scores of JCB machines, dumpers and ambulances have been pressed into service to clear the rubble and shift the dead and survivors to hospitals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy and asked Singh to rush to Pune to take stock of the situation.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured full Central assistance to Maharashtra in dealing with the devastating landslide at Malin village near here in which 30 people have been killed. Singh, who visited the mishap site, announced an assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the victims from the Prime Minister’s fund. About 45 houses, including a temple, are flattened under the impact of the landslide. I express my condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of the Centre. The Prime Minister has also assured all possible assistance to the state government in dealing with the natural calamity, he said. It will be premature to talk about reasons behind the landslide until an inquiry is conducted into the mishap, Singh said replying to a query. Meanwhile, the death toll in the landslide has risen to 30 with two more bodies being extricated by National Disaster Response Force jawans from under debris of the landslide that buried half of the Malin village, NDRF and district officials said. The eight injured persons rescued from the debris were being treated at nearby hospitals, they said. Rescue operations were on despite rain and difficulties caused by marshy land and the slush, they added. The Home Minister also hailed the rescue efforts launched by NDRF jawans and state government agencies, saying they reached the difficult terrain within three hours after the mishap that occurred yesterday morning. Nearly 150 people were still feared to be trapped under the huge mound of mud-and-rock debris in the village, located at the foot of a hill in Ambegaon taluka, about 120 kms from the district headquarters here in Western Maharashtra.
CPI(M) today demanded a probe into the landslide in Pune district of Maharashtra, claiming it could have been a man-made disaster that got accentuated by heavy rainfall. The government had adequate warning in the past few years when smaller landslips had occurred and the flow of the backwaters of the nearby Dimbha dam was one of the causes. But the government did not take any preventive measures, the party Politbureau said in a statement here. JCB machines (excavators) were being used on the hillside in the name of developing adivasi land but (they were being used) in fact to serve the interests of a network of JCP machine owners, corrupt officers and leaders. The use of these heavy machines caused damage to the hillside. In spite of the strong opposition of adivasis to the use of machines, the government did not prohibit their use, the CPI(M) said. It said the tragedy was further compounded by shocking reports that it could have been not a natural, but a manmade disaster which got accentuated by the particularly heavy rainfall. The utter neglect of roads leading to the remote adivasi village meant that relief could not reach in time, which could have perhaps saved lives, the Left party said. The disaster was a stark reminder of the horrible conditions in which large sections of adivasis live and the utter callousness which permeates official policies and attitudes to adivasi communities. While condoling the deaths, the CPI(M) demanded full compensation and a time-bound inquiry into the true causes of this disaster.
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