Pune: At least five people have been killed and five others have been rescued following a landslide in Malin village in Ambegaon taluka of Pune on Wednesday.
State administration sources said that 40 houses with 150 to 200 people are believed to be trapped under the debris. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, whi has left for the accident site, has said that over 700 people were living in the area.
Seven teams of the National Disaster Response Force comprising of 42 personnel each have reached the landslide area.
Inspector General of NDRF Sandeep Sai Rathore said, "The movement was slow as the road was muddy and it was raining. Rescue work is going in at two-three places."
He said, "We will give them first aid and initial treatment on the spot. As and when we need heavy equipment, we will ask from the local administration."
"The Pune District Collector gave the information of major landslide at 10:45 AM. Around 40 houses and more than 150 people are feared to be trapped under the debris," said NDRF Commandant Alok Avasthy.
District Collector Saurav Rao, police officials and medical teams have reached the spot. Local NCP MLA Dilip Walse told CNN-IBN that the area is remote and connectivity is poor.
He added, "This is a very remote area and connectivity is poor. There is heavy rains in the area. The Revenue commissioner is monitoring the rescue operation from Pune."
Rao said, "About 30 ambulances have been rushed from adjoining areas to extend medical help to the victims," he said, adding earth moving equipment from government and private parties were being pressed into service. Communication difficulties and rains were affecting the operations."
Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh said that the rescue operation is a challenge. He said, "Rescue operation will speed up once the NDRF teams reach. The area is 15-20 km from the nearest medical facility."
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rjiju said, "The ministry will seek full details on Pune disaster."