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Official: Landslides trap 170 people or more in western India

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 2220 GMT (0620 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: At least 30 deaths are confirmed
  • Up to 40 houses may have been hit by landslides, official says
  • About 500 rescuers at the scene with senior officials

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- Landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains may have trapped 170 people or more in a village in western India, a senior official said Wednesday.

At least 30 bodies had been recovered Thursday as the search continued. Eight survivors were pulled out with injuries, said Suresh Jadhav, a district administrator in Maharashtra state.

"There are reports that up to 30 to 40 houses have been affected," Jadhav said.

About 50 ambulances and 200 volunteers were sent to the scene to help with the rescue effort, he said.

The landslides were reported around midnight in Malin, a village in Maharashtra's Pune district, near Mumbai.

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