Ten people died and dozens were trapped after a landslide in the Indian Himalayas: officials


New Delhi — A landslide in Himachal Pradesh, a mountainous region of India, caused rocks to fall to major highways on Wednesday, destroying and burying several vehicles, killing at least 10 people and killing 14 people. He was injured and dozens of people were trapped.

Paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police spokesman Vivek Kumar Pandey told Reuters that about 30 people were still trapped, including passengers on the bus lying under the rubble.

“There was a major landslide on the Reckong Peo-Shimla freeway,” Pandy said later, adding that “the service is in progress and we are about to reach the bus.”

Avid Hussein Sadik, a senior government official in the Kinauru district where the incident took place, said rescue operations could continue overnight to find survivors.

More than 200 personnel, including military, paramilitary and local police, run along the Sutlej River and operate along National Highway 5, which connects northern India with China, officials said.

Local police chief Saju Ram Rana said the land side, which happened around noon on Wednesday, loosened a large rock and cascaded steep hillsides to block about 150 meters of the freeway.

National Disaster Response Force searches for survivors at landslide site in Kinnaur district
Members of the National Disaster Response Force will search for survivors during a rescue operation at a landslide site in the Kinauru district of northern Himachal Pradesh, India, on August 11, 2021. (Distribution via National Disaster Response Force / Reuters)

“The debris has fallen from a fairly high place,” Lana told Reuters, adding that heavy equipment was being brought in to clear the area.

In a photo shared by authorities on social media, a helmeted rescue worker can be seen scrambling around the broken debris of a vehicle left behind on rocks and loose ground.

In late July, at least nine people died from landslides elsewhere in the Kinaulu district, and dozens of people from landslides and floods in another part of the scenic Himachal Pradesh, popular with tourists, in recent weeks. Is stuck.

By Devjyot Ghoshal and Alasdair Pal