Additional district collector Ganesh Patil said, “Two persons have also been pulled out alive.”

Around 300 NDRF personnel are assisting the local administration in the rescue operations, he said.

Over 160 people were feared trapped when part of a hillside smashed 44 houses at Malin village this morning amid heavy rains.

People living in about 50 houses have come under the debris of a hillock that caved in at village Malin in Ambegaon taluka of the district when they were asleep, Pune (rural) police said.

Earlier in the day a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was rushed from the neighbouring Talegaon camp to the village, about 120 km from here.

According to District Collector Saurav Rao, the administration has mobilised rescue machinery to pull out those trapped.

"Exact number of causalities is not known as we are moving slowly to ensure that those trapped are removed safely. About 30 ambulances have been rushed from adjoining areas to extend medical help to the victims," he said, adding that the earth moving equipment from government and private parties were being pressed into service.

Communication difficulties and rains were affecting the operations, he said.

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