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Death Toll in Indian Landslide Rises to 26; More Feared Trapped

A disaster relief official said the death toll from a landslide in India’s western Maharashtra rose to 26 on Saturday. Many more were still missing and perhaps trapped under several feet of mud and slush two days after the incident.

The landslide occurred Thursday night in western India, remote mountain hamlet of Irsahlwadi, about 60 Km from Mumbai, flattering several houses.

The landslide occurred Thursday night in the remote mountain hamlet of Irshalwadi, about 60 km (37 miles) from Mumbai, flattening several houses.

The hamlet is estimated to have been home to at least 225 people, more than 80 of whom escaped.

The rescue teams said more than 100 people had been trapped earlier on Friday.

“We are working on our technical equipment, our rescue techniques,” S.B. Singh, an official with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), told Reuters.

“We cannot judge as of now how many people are still stuck,” Singh said, adding that four more bodies were pulled out from underneath the mud on Saturday.

Incessant rain, low visibility, and the hilly terrain impede rescue efforts, Singh continued.

The official said the landslip affected roughly 16-17 dwellings, and several families had to be relocated.