Pune: More than 100 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village, nearly 120 kilometres from Pune this morning after torrential rains.
Images of the area showed mountains of slush and mud that can be a logistical nightmare for rescue attempts to reach those trapped.
The landslide in the village of Ambegaon has buried about 40 houses, according to Prabhakar Deshmukh, the local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra.
Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each were on their way to the site near Pune on Wednesday morning, said SS Guleria, deputy inspector general of operations at the National Disaster Response Force. But their journey is being hindered by poor roads leading to the village and continuing rain.
He said residents have begun the work of clearing the debris.
Reports suggest an entire hillside came crashing down this morning.
Officials said hospitals are being mobilised to tackle the potentially massive crisis.