As many as 68 people have been reported dead from Wednesday's mudslide in Malin village, part of the Maharashtra state of India, Indian officials said Friday.
Continued heavy rainfall over the coming weekend is expected to further hinder weather for search and rescues as well as clean up efforts.
Only eight people had been rescued, India's National Disaster Response Force said on its website.
An elderly Indian woman cries as she searches for surviving family members in the debris of her home, destroyed by landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. With 70 homes buried and reports of another 158 hit by the landslide, rescuers anticipated more dead in the village, home to 704 people in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)
More than 5.3 inches of rain fell on Wednesday in Mumbai, the nearest weather observation point roughly 80 km (50 miles) east of Malin, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock.
"Given the monsoon comes into Mumbai on southwest to west-southwest winds, it is a reasonable assumption that heavy rain also played a factor with this landslide," Pindrock said.
As moisture goes into the mountains, the air rises and condenses, Pindrock said.
"It squeezes the atmosphere and more rain comes out," he said.
A landslide expert told The Times of India that cultivation and the uprooting of trees on the hillside also were responsible for the landslide.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.
A tropical wave is likely to become the Atlantic Basin's next tropical storm as it approaches or crosses the Caribbean Sea later this week and potentially pose eventual threats to North America.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region to end this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
Downpours will not be so quick to depart Texas as other parts of the central United States into Monday, further heightening the risk of flooding.
Wintry weather marked the first days of autumn across parts of the Mountain West as snow mixed in with the changing fall foliage.
Gusty winds will accompany a push of chilly air across the Great Lakes from Sunday night through Tuesday.
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Torrential rain; 4.87 inches at Hartsfield Airport. This is the sixth greatest single rainfall on record. Atlanta Regional Hospital had 4.50 inches.
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Golf-ball sized hail up to 8" deep.