Himachal Pradesh landslide: Bridge Hit by Boulders, 9 Tourists Dead

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Nine tourists were killed, and many were injured after a massive landslide bumped a bridge in Himachal Pradesh‘s Sangla valley on Sunday. In a terrifying video, large lumps of rocks can be seen bursting off a mountain and operating down into the valley below. In addition, a video displays a segment of the bridge crumbling and plunging into a river after a boulder hits it.

All the 11 victims were tourists whose vehicles got hit by boulders. Saju Ram Rana, SP Kinnaur, blending the injured, has been rushed to a nearby hospital. A crew of doctors is at the spot, he said. The stones can be seen crashing cars at the foot of the mountain, kicking up a massive haze of dust. PM Narendra Modi and CM Jairam Thakur revealed sorrow over the wreckage of lives in the disaster.

Unfortunately, a vehicle carrying tourists came under its grip, in which nine died and two injured, and one passerby got injured. Everybody is praying to God to grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family. All orders are being made for the therapy of those wounded in the accident. PM wished them a speedy recovery as tweeted from the Prime Minister’s office. PM Modi also announced an aid of ₹ 2 lakh each for the families of those who died in the accident. ₹ 50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The weather office recently issued a landslide warning in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rainfall predicted in the next few days. In the last few years, landslides have become a common occurrence in the hill state. The tourists were getting from Chhitkul, the least populated village near the border with China in Kinnaur, to Sangla, when the landslide, triggered by incessant rains, knocked the Sangla-Chitkul road.

Huge boulders and rocks fell on the road and headed to the collapse of a bridge over the Bapsa river that connects Batseri village with the rest of Kinnaur. A family of three from Rajasthan‘s Sikar district — Maya Devi Biyani (55), her son Anurag Biyani (31) and daughter Richa Biyani (25) — was among those killed. The remaining six were identified as Amogh Bapat (27) and Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhattisgarh; Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur; the driver of the carrier Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden in Delhi and Kumar Ulhas Vedpathak (37).

The wounded include Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kharar in Mohali, Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Nagpur in Maharashtra; Ranjeet Singh (45), a local from Batseri village in Sangla and Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi.

Complicated landslides triggered by recent rains occurred near Basteri on Sunday afternoon. A pedestrian was hurt in another landslide in the Kinnaur district, police told.

The Jaipur-based Ayurveda doctor is filled with picturesque shots from her Himachal visit. But, life is nothing without mother nature, is what everyone read in one of her earlier tweets. A 34-year-old Ayurvedic doctor was among the nine tourists who died because of a landslide in the Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh.

In her last tweet, Dr Deepa Sharma wrote that standing at the previous point of India where civilians are allowed. Beyond this point, around 80 km ahead, we have a border with Tibet, which China has occupied illegally.

PM Narendra Modi expressed his sympathies for the deaths and declared ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those hit in the accident and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Condoling the deaths, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said necessary instructions had been issued to the Kinnaur administration to provide all possible aid to those affected in the incident.

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