By Thursday morning, the rescuers succeeded in saving 22 people, including eight who were injured. Sophisticated gadgets are being used to trace the missing. The tragedy occurred when a massive section of a hillock crashed down on the village, around 120 km from here. The village had some 50 homes.
On Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil and Ministers Harshavardhan Patil and Madhukarrao Pichad visited the site. Some 400 people including personnel from the Indian Army, NDRF, the Maharashtra Disaster Response Force, police as well as villagers searched for those still trapped under stones, boulders and sticky mud. In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the tragedy. The Lok Sabha condoled the deaths. Heavy rains, which have lashed the picturesque region for over four days, continues to hamper relief operations. District officials have evacuated residents in around half a dozen other villages in the hilly area.