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A mudslide surrounds a building in Malin village in Pune district the western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 30, 2014. A major landslide struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving 150 people feared trapped, a rescue official said. The landslide submerged Malin village in Pune district of Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, regional commandant at the National Disaster Response Force. 'Civil authorities say around 42 to 50 houses are affected. 150 people are feared trapped. We have sent two teams,' Avasthy told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A mudslide is seen in Malin village in Pune district the western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 30, 2014. A major landslide struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving 150 people feared trapped, a rescue official said. The landslide submerged Malin village in Pune district of Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, regional commandant at the National Disaster Response Force. 'Civil authorities say around 42 to 50 houses are affected. 150 people are feared trapped. We have sent two teams,' Avasthy told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA: Indian rescue workers watch as a mechanical digger removes rubble from landslide to search for survivors of a landslide in the Saki Naka suburb of Mumbai, 28 July 2005. More than 70 houses lie buried under the debris from which firemen and rescue workers have so far removed some 30 bodies and fear thet more than 100 residents may be trapped under huge bolders and mud. Landslides and building collapses caused by the heaviest rain ever recorded in India left around 450 people feared dead and brought India's financial capital Mumbai to a near-standstill, officials and police said. AFP PHOTO/Sebastian D'SOUZA. (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Map locates Pune district in Maharashtra state, India.; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
Indian villagers cross the river Baitarani in a country boat after the same was flooded following monsoon rains near Akhuapada in Jajpur distict of Orissa state, India, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. India's monsoon season, which runs from June to September, bring rains that are vital to agriculture but also cause floods and landslides. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
An Indian village woman cries as she watches a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim after a massive landslide in Malin village in Pune district of western Maharashtra state, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)
Villagers console each other as they watch a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)
Homes stand damaged as rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
The body of a landslide victim is unloaded from an ambulance outside a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
Medical staff and others inspect the bodies of victims of a landslide, at a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried the remote Malin village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
An Indian woman wades through the floodwaters in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Hospital staff arrange sheets to lay bodies of victims of a landslide, at a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried the remote Malin village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
The body of a landslide victim is unloaded from an ambulance outside a hospital in Ghodegaon village, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)
A man lifts a girl onto an inflatable boat operated by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue flood affected people in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
A flood affected man carries milk containers on a banana raft as members of India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ride an inflatable boat to ferry flood to affected people in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Indians wade through the flood waters in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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NEW DELHI (AP) - A landslide hit a remote village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.

One hundred rescuers reached the area and more were on the way, however, their progress was being hampered by continuing rains and bad roads leading to Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state where the landslide buried about 40 houses, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

The landslide hit the village early Wednesday morning but news and details on the extent of the damage only began to trickle out several hours later, he said.

"It's surrounded by hills and the area is very remote and rural, so it's taking us time to get there," he said.

Poor phone signals also were hampering the rescue operation.

Avasthy said he was leading a team of 150 rescuers but they were having trouble communicating with the first batch of 100 responders already in the area. They were assisting local police and medical teams who began clearing the debris.

"It is a small village and this happened very suddenly," local legislator Dilip Walse Patil told CNN-IBN TV network.

Landslides are common in the area during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

The Pune district about is 151 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India's commercial capital. The nearest medical center is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the village.

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