Thirty bodies recovered after landslide 
hits remote village in western India

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At least 30 people have died after a landslide buried a remote village in western India.

Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide on Wednesday, but national rescue personnel could not reach the area in Pune district of Maharashtra state for several hours because of bad communications, dangerous roads and debris.

The disaster only came to light when a bus driver passed by and saw that the village had been wiped out. Thirty bodies have been recovered from Malin village and eight people pulled out alive, according to officials.

Crowds of people from nearby areas are helping rescuers, using their bare hands to move fallen trees and rocks.

Overnight, emergency workers used floodlights mounted on vehicles to illuminate the disaster area, where the tangled roofs of homes poked up through thick mud.

Rescuers expect the death toll to rise in the village, which is home to 704 people in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains. About 150 people are believed to be trapped.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all possible efforts must be made to help the victims, according to a statement from his office. He sent home minister Rajnath Singh to the disaster area. About 250 disaster response workers and at least 100 ambulances were involved in the rescue effort.