Ten dead, dozens trapped after landslide in India’s Himalayas: officials

Ten dead, dozens trapped after landslide in India’s Himalayas: officials

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A landslide in the mountainous Indian state of Himachal Pradesh left at least 10 dead, 14 injured and dozens of people trapped after boulders fell onto a main road on Wednesday, shattering and burying several vehicles, Indian officials. saying.

About 30 people remain trapped, including passengers inside a bus lying under the rubble, Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police, told Reuters.

“There has been a massive landslide on the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway,” Pandey said, then added that “operations are underway, we are trying to get to the bus.”

Abid Hussain Sadiq, a senior government official in the Kinnaur district where the incident occurred, said rescue operations could continue overnight in an attempt to find the survivors.

Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) search for survivors during a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Kinnaur district in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India, on August 11, 2021. Force National Disaster Response / Brochure via REUTERS

More than 200 staff members, including the army, paramilitary forces and local police, are working along a stretch of National Highway 5 that runs along the Sutlej River and connects northern India with the border. with China, authorities said.

Local police chief Saju Ram Rana said the land side, which occurred around noon Wednesday, released large rocks and sent them cascading down the steep mountainside, blocking about 150 meters of the road.

“The debris fell from quite high,” Rana told Reuters, adding that heavy machinery was being brought in to clear the area.

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In images shared by authorities on social media, helmeted rescuers can be seen climbing over the wrecked remains of vehicles stranded between rocks and loose soil.

In late July, at least nine people were killed by a landslide in a different part of the Kinnaur district, and dozens were stranded by landslides and floods in recent weeks in another area of ​​Himachal Pradesh, a picturesque Himalayan state. popular with tourists. read more

Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Alasdair Pal; Edited by Sanjeev Miglani, Kirsten Donovan

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