The search and rescue efforts at Irshalwadi village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, where a massive landslide resulted in the loss of at least 27 lives, resumed for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.

Officials from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies are leading the operation.

As of the morning after the resumption of the operation, no bodies have been recovered yet, according to an NDRF official.

The death toll reached 27 on Saturday, and there are still 81 individuals who remain unaccounted for, as mentioned by officials earlier.

The tragic landslide occurred on Wednesday night in the tribal village, which is situated on a hill slope under Khalapur tehsil, approximately 80 km away from Mumbai.

Out of the 48 houses in the village, at least 17 were either fully or partially buried under the debris from the landslide.

Due to adverse weather conditions and poor visibility on Saturday night, the search and rescue operation had to be temporarily suspended.

However, it resumed on Sunday morning.

The difficulty in accessing the village, caused by the absence of a proper road, has necessitated a manual approach to the rescue operation, as earth movers and excavators cannot easily reach the affected area.

Among the bodies recovered so far, there are 12 women, 10 men, and four children, while one person remains unidentified. Tragically, nine members of a single family lost their lives in the disaster.

In response to the calamity, Uddhav Thackeray, the chief of Shiv Sena (UBT), visited the residents of Irshalwadi on Saturday.

He emphasized the need to relocate people residing in landslide-prone areas in Maharashtra to safer locations.

Uddhav Thackeray revealed plans for a scheme aimed at rehabilitating villages in such hazardous zones to ensure their safety.

By Chinedu

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