Nine people killed by landslide in northern India state, Himachal Pradeshin
Nine people have been killed in a landslide in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh after boulders fell and hit a vehicle they were travelling in. The vehicle was carrying 11 people and the two survivors were injured in the incident. The deadly landslide hit an iron bridge in the Sangla valley in the Himalayan state on Sunday afternoon, 25 July 2021. Local authorities said the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital while rescuers brought several of the victims out. A team of doctors was called at the spot to treat the injured.
A video of the landslide, posted by an environmentalist on Twitter, shows large missiles of rocks breaking off a mountain and rolling down into the valley where several cars were parked. A large boulder can be seen hitting the bridge, plunging it into the river, as massive clouds of dust surround the area.
Chief secretary of the state Anil Khachi confirmed the nine deaths along with the damage to the bridge and a 200-metre highway. “All the 11 victims were tourists whose vehicle got hit by boulders,” Saju Ram Rana, SP Kinnaur, said.
According to the media, several warnings for the landslides during the monsoon season were issued by the weather department.
Landslides have become more frequent in recent years in the Himalayan state even as tourists from all over India flocked to the hilly regions in the recent weeks as COVID-19 restrictions were eased.
Rains wreaked havoc in several areas of India, triggering floods in the western coast in recent days. Flood and devastation from rains have killed more than 150 people while dozens are missing. The financial capital of Mumbai and the resort state of Goa are badly affected.
Floods are also causing destruction at other places in Asia. Thousands of residents have fled inundated areas in the Philippine capital of Manila, as authorities struggled to construct enough shelters. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the agency said officers went to the site near Badseri Village, in Kinnaur, to conduct a rescue operation. Some local media said the people in the vehicle who were killed were visiting from the Indian capital Delhi and elsewhere in India, while one of the injured was a local person.
Source: The Independent