Rescue workers and villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 30 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. (July 31)
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Malin, India - July 31, 2014
1. Various of body being carried out from mud slide by rescue workers and taken to an ambulance
2. Mid of body being placed in ambulance
3. Tight of relatives crying
4. Wide of people watching as rescue workers dig through the mud
5. Tight of National Disaster Rescue Force commander Alok Awasthi surveying the scene
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alok Avasthy, National Disaster Rescue Force commander`
7. Tight of rain falling on mud
8. Mid of water rushing through a small dam
9. Wide of ambulance driving off
10. Wide of flooded area
11. Tight of water running through mud
12. Wide of flood waters
13. Wide pan of rescue efforts
14. Tight of shoes as rescue workers dig through mud
A LANDSLIDE BURIED A REMOTE VILLAGE IN WESTERN INDIA EARLY WEDNESDAY, KILLING AT LEAST 30 AND TRAPPING MORE THAN 150.
RESCUE WORKERS, DESPERATE VILLAGERS, AND CROWDS OF PEOPLE FROM NEARBY AREAS DUG THROUGH DEEP MUD, ROCKS AND THE DEBRIS OF SHATTERED HOMES LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS.
SOUNDBITE (English) Alok Avasthy, National Disaster Rescue Force Commander:
"My past experience says we got alive after nine day also. So we cannot rule out, but chances are very, very, very less. Very less."
TWO DAYS OF TORRENTIAL RAINS TRIGGERED THE LANDSLIDE EARLY WEDNESDAY, BUT NATIONAL RESCUE PERSONNEL COULD NOT REACH THE STRICKEN AREA.
THE DISASTER ONLY CAME TO LIGHT WHEN A BUS DRIVER PASSED BY AND SAW THAT THE VILLAGE HAD BEEN WIPED OUT.
LANDSLIDES ARE COMMON IN THE AREA DURING MONSOON SEASON, WHICH RUNS FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER.
THE AREA AROUND THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN DEFORESTED EXTENSIVELY, INCREASING ITS VULNERABILITY TO LANDSLIDES.
MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS