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Raigad landslide: Search operation called off; 57 still untraceable, 27 bodies recovered

The National Disaster Response Force on Sunday called off its search-and-rescue operation in Irshalwadi village of Maharashtra’s Raigad district hit by a massive landslide.

According to officials, 27 bodies have been recovered while 57 are untraceable in the landslide that occurred on Wednesday night, July 19. Hundreds of rescue workers were stationed in the tribal village since the disaster.

No body was found from the debris on Sunday. At least 17 of 48 houses in the village were fully or partially buried under the debris, officials said.

The district authorities have also imposed Section 144 in place, prohibiting anyone from going to the village destroyed by the landslide.

Addressing a press conference, state minister Uday Samant, who is guardian minister of Raigad, said the decision was taken in consultation with the district administration and other concerned authorities as well as local residents.

“A place has been identified for the temporary rehabilitation of 144 persons from Irshalwadi. Containers will be arranged for their residence with amenities, including clothes, and food will be provided to them for the next few months till they are given a permanent place to reside,” Samant said.

According to reports, monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in northern India over the last three weeks.

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