Landslide in India kills 9; falling rocks destroy bridge: reports

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At least nine people were killed on Sunday after a landslide in northern India tumbled rocks on a mountain and hit their vehicle, reports said.

Three other people were injured in the incident, which took place in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, Reuters reported.

Dramatic video of the landslide was posted on Twitter, showing large boulders tumbling down a steep valley and onto a bridge, which collapsed.

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Reuters reported that most of those killed were from the capital Delhi and elsewhere in India, citing local media. It is believed that 11 people were inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

“My sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the news agency. “All arrangements are being made for the treatment of those injured in the accident.”

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The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, although warnings of possible landslides were issued due to the expected rainfall, according to the BBC.

Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conduct search and rescue after landslide following heavy rains in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra state, India , July 25, 2021. National Disaster Response Force / Document via REUTERS
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Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conduct search and rescue after landslide following heavy rains in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra state, India , July 25, 2021. National Disaster Response Force / Document via REUTERS

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At least 125 people have been killed in recent days in the western state of Maharashtra after rains there caused landslides and flooding, Reuters reported.

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