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It took the 250 rescue personnel and nearly 100 ambulances several hours to reach the remote village, some 150km south of Mumbai, as travel on already poor roads was hampered by the heavy rains.
They arrived to find a scene of carnage – an entire section of the adjacent hill had fallen on the village of 40 families and buried 70 houses. Dozens of other homes were damaged, press reports indicated.
At press time, local authorities said that they had recovered 21 bodies and expected the death toll to rise.
On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sadness at the loss of lives and conveyed his condolences.
He pledged that New Delhi would expend all possible efforts to rescue survivors and do all it can for the families of the victims.
The Pune District Magistrate told local media that there were fears of more landslides in other villages in the area.