Thick mud, rain hamper use of sniffer dogs, life-detecting equipment after India landslide

Rescue workers in India say they are having trouble using sniffer dogs and equipment to detect signs of life after a landslide engulfed a village because of continuing rain and thick, heavy mud. Dozens of people are still missing.

The landslide Wednesday in Pune district of Maharashtra state killed at least 63 people. By Friday, chances of finding anyone alive were increasingly slim.

District official Shekhar Shinde said the life-saving equipment was not working well because of rain and mud 15 feet (4.5 meters) deep.

Landslides are common during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. The area around the stricken village has been deforested extensively, increasing its vulnerability to landslides.