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Uttarakhand | 7 of family killed as landslide damages house in Tehri

One member brought out of the debris alive; landslide triggered by cloudburst; incident took place when all members of the family were sleeping

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

Seven members of a family are learnt to have died after the house they lived was damaged in a landslide at Kot village in Tehri district on Wednesday. The incident took place in the early hours when all members of the family were sleeping. The Tehri landslide was triggered by a cloudburst.

Kot village witnessed heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning. Seven members of Mor Singh Rana’s family were inside the house when debris flowing after the cloudburst caused mass destruction. Seven members of the family of eight — Mor Singh, Harshita Devi, Ashish, Sanju Devi, Atul, Laxmi Devi and Swati lost their lives — when one person, Babli, was brought out of the debris alive.

The villagers launched a search and rescue operation after the disaster struck the family. Later, a team from the State Disaster Response Force joined them. The rescue team managed to save one life. The survivor has been identified as Babli.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed condolence to the near and dear ones of those killed in the landslide and directed the local administration to carry out relief and rescue operations in a speedy manner. he also instructed the the district magistrate to ensure proper arrangements were made for the treatment of the injured persons and permissible financial assistance provided.

According to the subdivisional magistrate of Ghansali, one house collapsed on account of landslide in Kot village and eight people got trapped under the debris. With the assistance of the locals, three bodies had been taken out till last reports came in.

Tehri’s District Magistrate Sonika visited the affected village and took stock of the situation. She reviewed the relief and rescue works.