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75 per cent work rescue work completed, says National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 10:23am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

  • Snehil Sakhare dna

Pune: In sixth day of rescue operations at Malin village where landslide had gulped the entire village and the death toll on Monday reached to 130. According to the officials of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), over 75 per cent of the operation at Malin has been completed and they are hoping that they will be able to extract remaining 28 bodies in next couple of days.
Despite of continuous rain, the teams of NDRF continued their rescue work at Malin. They have managed to clear the area where the temple was situated. Due to the rain, the whole site which is already covered with debris was covered with sloppy mud, making it difficult for rescue teams were finding it difficult to carry out the rescue operations.

Speaking to dna commandant of fifth battalion of NDRF Alok Avasthy said, "We were told 158 bodies were missing on the first day of the tragedy, out of which we have managed to extract 130 bodies. We have completed nearly 75 per cent of the work and we hope that we will be able to complete rest of the work in next couple of days."
However, the danger that the rescue teams are facing is that the hill area where landslide took place is still posing a danger of landslide. NDRF officials made the use of unmanned aerial vehicle called Netra to inspect the area and along with that they had also send the teams to the upper areas for inspection.

Avasthy said, "We need to take the precaution while undertaking the rescue operations. We can not put lives of our members in danger and therefore we have deployed some men at the top of the hill. If they notice any danger, they will inform us so that we can ask our men to leave the site and take safer positions."
On Monday, while carrying out the rescue operations, the teams of NDRF found some suitcases with newly bought saris and other clothes, utensils, grocery kept in the house which was damaged in the landslide.
Meanwhile, the survivors of the disaster have been moved to the Asane village, nearly two kilometers away from Malin where temporary shelters have been provided to them.

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