Landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district kills tourists

A terrible landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur region has resulted in the death of eight tourists, while injuring two others. The incident happened along Sangla-Chhitkul link road, which is   located near   Basteri.   The   dead   tourists   are   from   Maharashtra,   Chhattisgarh,   and Rajasthan.   The   injured   tourists   are   from   Delhi,   and Mohali,   while   another injured   person   was reported to have been from Kinnaur.

According to reports, the landslide caused massive boulders to fall on a tempo travellers that caused the deaths, and the injuries. Unfortunately, the landslide also destroyed the bridge that connects Batseri   with the   rest of   Kinnaur. On the   other hand, the road that connects Sangla- Chhitkul   with the   rest   of Himachal   Pradesh   is   now blocked.

Jagat Singh, MLA, Kinnaur, said that the unfortunate incident took place at around 1 pm, and that   the incident   occured   along   the   link   road   where the   bridge is   damaged.

In a video posted on social media, it can be seen that the large boulders are rushing down the hillside, falling on cars, and eventually breaking the bridge. People are seen taking refuge indoors in the video, but those travelling in the tempo traveller were caught right in the middle of the disaster.

Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Jairam Thakur expressed grief, and tweeted, “It is very sad that a vehicle carrying tourists came under its grip, in which nine died and two injured and one passerby got injured. May God grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family.”

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