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article imageUPDATED: Massive mudslide kills 17 in India, dozens buried

By Greta McClain     Jul 30, 2014 in World
Pune - At least 17 people are believed to have been killed and dozens are thought to be buried under mud and debris after torrential rainfall causes a massive mudslide.
Record rainfall on Tuesday created havoc in the Indian provinces of Pune and Mumbai, flooding many area roadways and causing fear that mounting water at the Khadakwasala dam could overflow. As of 5:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, officials with the India Meteorological Department recorded 22.4 mm rainfall in Pune, while residents in Mumbai saw 18 mm of rainfall.
Indian news media is reporting that the torrential rainfall has caused two lakes in the Pune province to overflow, resulting in a massive mudslide in the village of Malin in Ambegaon. Emergency response teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are responding to the area, while police and medical personal are already on the scene. Dilip Walse, a spokesman with the Nationalist Congress party, told IBN Live:
"The NDRF has not yet reached the spot. This is a very remote area and connectivity is poor. This is a heavy rain area. The Revenue commissioner is monitoring the rescue operation from Pune."
According to Times of India, at least 50 homes have been destroyed, buried under mud and debris. At least 15 people are believed to have been killed. reports that more than 100 of the village's 750 residents are thought to be trapped under mud and debris.
3:17 a.m. Central Time - India Today now reports that more than 150 people are trapped under mud and debris.
More updates will be provided as more information as it becomes available.
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