Rescue Operations Called Off, 78 Still Missing in Maharashtra Landslide

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Rescue operations in a landslide-affected village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district came to an end on Sunday, with officials reporting that 78 people are still missing.

Decision to halt rescue ops made after meeting between officials, government, and villagers. (Photo: PTI)

Four days after a devastating landslide struck Maharashtra’s Raigad district, claiming the lives of 27 people, rescue operations came to a halt on Sunday, leaving 78 people still unaccounted for.

The decision to suspend the rescue efforts was made during a meeting involving rescue officials, the state government, and local villagers.

The challenging terrain and heavy rainfall hindered the rescue teams’ efforts to reach the remote Irshalwadi village, which is situated on top of a fort.

Officials reported that the last body recovered on Saturday was in a decomposed state, and the search for the remaining missing individuals was made even more difficult by the foul smell spreading across the area from undetected bodies and animals decomposing.

The district administration is now focused on assessing the extent of land lost in the tragedy, and plans to propose the allocation of land to the affected individuals for rehabilitation.

To assist those who lost their homes and belongings, a special camp will be organized to issue various certificates and documents, including Aadhaar cards, for the villagers.

The state government has also pledged to provide homes for all those affected by the landslide in Irshalwadi village.

The death toll remains at 27, but authorities are committed to finding the missing and helping the community recover from this devastating natural disaster.

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