10 dead, dozens feared trapped by landslide in north India

12th August, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 

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NEW DELHI — Officials reported a huge landslide slammed a bus and several other cars moving on a highway in the northern Indian highlands on Wednesday, killing at least ten people and trapping dozens more.

Boulders and debris were seen sliding down the slope before falling onto automobiles on the highway in Himachal Pradesh, according to television footage.

According to Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for a paramilitary unit participating in the search, fourteen individuals were rescued.

According to authorities, the avalanche in Kinnaur district crushed a bus, a vehicle, and two automobiles. The bus’s passenger count was not immediately available.

According to a police statement, eight dead were discovered in a sport utility vehicle.

The deaths of a driver and another person were discovered in the vehicle, which had slid down to a riverbed, according to police.

The people who were rescued were brought to hospitals, although they were not badly hurt, according to district administrator Abid Hussain Sadiq.

According to authorities, more than 100 rescuers, including police and paramilitary troops, were sent to clear the rubble with four earthmovers. Ten ambulances were stationed nearby, ready to transport the injured to hospitals.

With the weather in the region improving, the rescue work was ramping up.

Several landslides have occurred in Himachal Pradesh in recent weeks due to heavy rain. New Delhi lies 600 kilometers (375 miles) to the north.

Landslides and flooding are prevalent during the monsoon season in India, which runs from June to September.

In August, landslides and flooding induced by monsoon rains killed around 150 people in Maharashtra, a state in western India.

Experts believe the high rainfall along India’s western coast is consistent with how rainfall patterns have evolved in recent years as a result of climate change, as the Arabian Sea warms, resulting in more cyclones and more intense rainfall over shorter periods of time.