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Pune landslide: Toll reaches 87

Pune landslide: Toll reaches 87

Pune: With the recovery of five more bodies, the death toll in the Malin village landslide has climbed to 87 even as more than 160 persons are still feared to be trapped under the debris. The dead included, 33 men, 42 women and 12 children, District Control Room said on Sunday.

Unfavourable weather conditions impeded the movement of heavy machinery pressed into service during the rescue operations, while the National Disaster Response Force personnel raced against time to clear the massive debris on the fifth day after the tragedy struck on July 30, it said.

State Home Minister R. R. Patil had visited the site on Saturday evening and assured the affected families that they will be rehabilitate. The government has announced an assistance of Rs. 5 lakh to each of the victims.

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