Rescuers in Maharashtra landslide say hopes for survivors "bleak"

August 1, 2014 5:28 PM

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Rescuers in Maharashtra landslide say hopes for survivors "bleak"

MALIN India (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors in Maharashtra from a landslide that swallowed up more than 100 people faded on Friday as rescuers dug through mud and debris following heavy rains, with the death toll rising to 52.

Finding people alive would be extremely unlikely, said Gautam Sarkar, a senior official involved in the rescue, as hundreds of rescuers toiled to sift debris after Wednesday's landslide submerged 46 homes and almost wiped out a village.

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