Ten Dead, 150 Trapped After Mudslide in India

A landslide in Malin, a town in India's Pune district, killed at least ten people and trapped at least 150 more underneath layers of mud up to 15 feet deep.

At around 5 a.m. local time, heavy rain collapsed a hill in the area, burying more than 40 houses, the Wall Street Journal reports. Many residents were asleep and presumably trapped in their homes, and local official Suresh Jadhav believes the death count is likely to rise.

The Hindustan Times reports that 30 ambulances and other machinery are headed to the village. Prabhakar Deshmukh of the National Disaster Response Force told the Associated Press that a team of 150 responders was slowed by the mud and continuing rain in the Ambegaon area where Malin is situated:

"It's surrounded by hills and the area is very remote and rural, so it's taking us time to get there," he said.

Jadhav told the WSJ rescuers have pulled three survivors out of the mud as of Wednesday afternoon local time.

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