World Monsoon landslide kills 45 in northern India: official

20:40  13 august  2017
20:40  13 august  2017 Source:   afp.com

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A massive landslide in mountainous northern India swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside Sunday into a deep gorge, killing 45 people, an official said.

A massive landslide in mountainous northern India swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside Sunday into a deep gorge, killing 45 people, an official said. Landslides are common in India , especially during monsoon months when heavy rain loosens steep hillsides.

Rescuers look for survivors at the site of a landslide in Himachal Pradesh, northern India © Provided by AFP Rescuers look for survivors at the site of a landslide in Himachal Pradesh, northern India

A massive landslide in mountainous northern India swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside Sunday into a deep gorge, killing 45 people, an official said.

The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud swept away an entire stretch of a highway, roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) from state capital Shimla.

Rescue teams reached the scene but struggled in the dark and steep terrain, with the army later joining the search for those still feared missing at the bottom of the ravine.

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A massive landslide in mountainous northern India swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside Sunday into a deep gorge, killing 45 people, an official says. At least 94 dead in monsoon disasters in Nepal and India .

A massive landslide in mountainous northern India swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside into a deep gorge today, killing 45 people, an official said. The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight last night in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud swept away an entire

Forty-five bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official who has been at the scene since morning.

"After debris was cleared in the evening, we were expecting to find many of the bodies quickly," Kadam said late Sunday.

"The search operations will continue," he added.

Some houses and slum dwellings were also destroyed in the landslide, which followed days of heavy rain in the Himalayan region.

Landslides are common in India, especially during monsoon months when heavy rain loosens steep hillsides.

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