Pune Landslide
The rescue workers are digging the debris for survivors and those reported missing.Reuters

The death toll in the landslide in Pune village has gone up to 51 even as rescue teams are struggling to dig out people buried under mud and the debris of houses.

Among the dead are 22 women, 23 men and six children.

"We have reached the main inhabited area and are continuing efforts," district official DD Kale said, according to the Associated Press.

Eight people have been pulled out of debris alive, including a three-month-old baby and his mother, several hours after the landslide in Malin village in Maharashtra's Pune district.

However, more than 100 people are reportedly still buried and feared dead. Two days of consistent downpour had caused a part of the hillock to fall apart on Wednesday morning, covering at least 40 houses with mud and debris.

A 100-member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 100 ambulances have been deployed in the affected area.

However, heavy rains and storm are disrupting the rescue operations. The officials have said that if the heavy downpour does not halt the search operation again, the area would be cleared within two days.

"We are trying our best, but with every passing moment the situation is taking a turn for the worse. The hills are soft due to rains and deforestation," Hindustan Times quoted NDRF commandant Alok Awasthi.