Rescuers in India are digging through mud to uncover dozens of submerged homes and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide.

The confirmed death toll stands at 21 after yesterday's landslide flattened almost an entire village.

Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each worked through the night at Malin village, 60km from the city of Punein Maharashtra state.

But incessant rain, mud and poor communications in the remote area slowed their efforts to make their way into engulfed thatch huts and brick houses.

Four earth moving machines scooped out mud spread over an area the size of a football pitch.

The hillside above the village collapsed yesterday and heavy rain raised fears of another landslide.

The head of rescue operations at the National Disaster Response Force said 21 bodies had been recovered, with 129 people feared trapped under the mud that covered dozens of houses.