Pune: Even after 48 hours, the rescue operation at Malin village of Ambegaon Taluka was on without any break and the rescue team managed to extract 41 bodies till Thursday night.
The continuous rain is hampering the rescue operations and nearly 150 villagers are still missing. The rescue teams have managed to rescue nine persons from the debris.
The bodies which were extracted were first sent to Adiware's primary health center and later the last rituals on 20 bodies were performed at a crematorium which falls between Malin village and Adiware on Thursday.
The continuous rain was causing problems even for last rites. The rain was also causing problems for the rescue operations, but the teams of NDRF and other rescue teams, did not stop extracting bodies. In order to have better communication between rescue teams and the administrations, the BSNL has put up a satellite instrument at the disaster site and two trucks loaded with generator back up has been kept at the site.
Along with 350 personnel of NDRF, four chained JCBs are working around the clock to pull out the mud and clear the debris. More than 100 ambulance vans and three teams of PMC's fire brigade are also stationed at the Malin village.
Saurabh Rao, the collector said, "So far we have managed to extract 38 bodies and 157 persons are missing. The rescue operations will take another couple of days."
The NDRF has divided their staff in 40 different groups and they are working in six hours shifts. They are not only clearing the debris but a team is also stationed at the riverside to extract bodies if they find any body floating in the river.
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In the meantime, a local Shivsena party worker has approached Ghodegoan police station to lodge a criminal complaint against the agricultural officer under negligence for rendering his duty, as due to him the incident took place.