Malingaon landslide toll rises to 82

Malingaon landslide toll rises to 82

The death toll in the Malingaon landslide disaster mounted to 82 even as NDRF jawans continued a relentless rescue operation, now reduced to the recovery of bodies lying under the massive debris for the last four days.

According to the district control room, the dead listed so far included 30 men, 41 women, ten children, with one body still remaining unidentified.

Adding to the adverse weather conditions and intermittent rain, which slows the movement of heavy machinery, was the overpowering stench from the rapidly decomposing bodies with which the NDRF personnel have had to put up with, wearing protective masks.

The initial estimate of the fatalities in the July 30 tragedy that flattened 44 houses in the village was 160, and with the recovery of 82 bodies, it looked like a halfway mark for rescuers, who are using power generators to carry on search work at night.

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