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Landslide kills 10, traps 200 in western India

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A mudslide surrounds a building in Malin village in Pune district, the western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 30, 2014.

Indian authorities say at least 10 people have died and up to 200 others trapped following a massive landslide caused by monsoon rains in western India.

The Wednesday morning mudslide damaged a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra State, emergency officials reported.

“Ten dead bodies have been recovered so far…Two persons alive have been rescued. According to the district officials 150-200 (are) feared trapped,” said Tripti Parule, a spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Authority.

About 50 houses are said to be damaged as a result of the landslide, confirmed Alok Avasthy, regional commandant at the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The incident marks the latest in a series of natural disasters to have hit India in recent years.

Last year in June, the death toll from devastating floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in northern India hit 5,000.

Indian media say many deadly floods are man-made, due to widespread construction, massive mining and power projects in the northern states.

The monsoon season, lasting from June to October, causes floods with widespread destruction.


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