Indian landslide death toll at 109, will likely climb to 160

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As of Aug. 4 the bodies of 44 men, 49 women and 16 children had been recovered. About 50 people remain missing but officials said finding anyone alive was slim.

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Malin, Maharashtra, India

A landslide struck the village of Malin in western India, home to 704 people. Heavy rains, difficult terrain and communications cuts hampered rescue teams deployed to the site. Landslides are fairly common during India's monsoon season, which runs from June to September.

Continued heavy rains had made recovery efforts in the slide zone challenging, officials said Aug. 2. At least 76 bodies had been pulled from 15 feet of mud and debris, but at least 88 people remained missing. Rescue workers planned to continue their search for another two days.

Rescuers and volunteers were using four earthmoving machines to search the ground in the more densely populated parts of the village. Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. Eight people were found alive in the aftermath of the slide. Copyright 2014 Reuters

Rescuers and volunteers were using four earthmoving machines to search the ground in the more densely populated parts of the village. Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. Eight people were found alive in the aftermath of the slide.

"The Prime Minister has condoled the loss of lives in the landslide, and directed all possible efforts to help the affected people." statement from the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi ordered Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh to personally assess the situation in Malin. About 250 disaster response workers and 100 ambulances were deployed.

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