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Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

  • Homes stand damaged as rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

    Homes stand damaged as rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

  • The body of a landslide victim is unloaded from an ambulance outside a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

    The body of a landslide victim is unloaded from an ambulance outside a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

  • An Indian village woman cries as she watches a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)

    An Indian village woman cries as she watches a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)

  • Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

    Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

  • Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

    Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

  • Policemen allow an ambulance to pass through at a road block in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried the remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Policemen allow an ambulance to pass through at a road block in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried the remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Activists of several political and social organizations of India's southern state of Karnataka wave state flags and shout slogans as they participate in a procession to protest against the rape of a six-year-old student in Bangalore, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Police on Tuesday arrested two gym instructors of the Vibgyor High School on the charges of gang rape of the six-year-old on July 2, which was reported only on July 14. Placard reads “no one is above the law.” (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Activists of several political and social organizations of India's southern state of Karnataka wave state flags and shout slogans as they participate in a procession to protest against the rape of a six-year-old student in Bangalore, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Police on Tuesday arrested two gym instructors of the Vibgyor High School on the charges of gang rape of the six-year-old on July 2, which was reported only on July 14. Placard reads “no one is above the law.” (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

  • U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a delegation level meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a delegation level meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry receives flowers from Indian Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stands between them in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry receives flowers from Indian Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stands between them in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

  • A landslide survivor Tanubai lende touches her grandson Rudra who was injured in the same landslide, at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    A landslide survivor Tanubai lende touches her grandson Rudra who was injured in the same landslide, at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • A landslide survivor Meenabhai Lende is consoled by an unidentified relative even as members of her family remain missing, as she recovers at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    A landslide survivor Meenabhai Lende is consoled by an unidentified relative even as members of her family remain missing, as she recovers at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)

  • Homes stand damaged as rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
  • The body of a landslide victim is unloaded from an ambulance outside a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
  • An Indian village woman cries as she watches a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)
  • Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
  • Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
  • Policemen allow an ambulance to pass through at a road block in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried the remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
  • Activists of several political and social organizations of India's southern state of Karnataka wave state flags and shout slogans as they participate in a procession to protest against the rape of a six-year-old student in Bangalore, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Police on Tuesday arrested two gym instructors of the Vibgyor High School on the charges of gang rape of the six-year-old on July 2, which was reported only on July 14. Placard reads “no one is above the law.” (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
  • U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a delegation level meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry receives flowers from Indian Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stands between them in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. This is Kerry's first visit to India following the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)
  • A landslide survivor Tanubai lende touches her grandson Rudra who was injured in the same landslide, at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
  • A landslide survivor Meenabhai Lende is consoled by an unidentified relative even as members of her family remain missing, as she recovers at a hospital in Manchar, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed Malin village in western India, killing dozens and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
  • Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)

Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes yesterday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.

Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, but national rescue personnel could not reach the stricken area for several hours because of bad roads and debris. Rain was still hampering the effort by yesterday morning.

“Everything on the mountain came down,” said Suresh Jadhav, a district official.

Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander, said 24 bodies had been recovered. Large crowds of people from nearby villages reached the spot and helped rescuers move fallen trees and rocks, a news agency reported.

With 70 homes buried and reports of another 158 hit by the landslide, rescuers anticipated more dead in the village, home to 704 people in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains.

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