Uttarakhand: Four-month-old baby among three crushed to death by destructive landslide in Tehri
New Tehri, August 21: In a devastating incident, a massive landslide in Chamba within Uttarakhand's Tehri district claimed the lives of two women and a four-month-old baby on Monday. The local police said the victims were crushed to death after being struck by a destructive landslide.
Navneet Singh Bhullar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Tehri, said the bodies of the victims were found in the car that had been tragically buried under the rubble.
There is possibility of some more vehicles being trapped as the landslide hit a taxi stand near the Chamba police station. A search and rescue operation was still underway, added the Tehri SSP.
The deceased were identified as Poonam Khanduri, her four-month-old son and her sister-in-law Saraswati Devi.
The New Tehri-Chamba motor road has also been blocked. The State Disaster Relief Force has sent excavator machines for the search and rescue efforts.
District Magistrate Mayur Dikshit, SSP Bhullar, and Chief Development Officer Manish Kumar are personally overseeing the rescue operation.
Heavy rain forecast
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains in several Uttarakhand districts, including capital Dehradun. The IMD has issued an orange alert for Dehradun, Pauri, Nainital, Champawat and Bageshwar districts while a yellow alert has been issued for Haridwar, Tehri, Chamoli, Udham Singh Nagar and Pithoragarh districts.
Heavy rains in Uttarakhand have triggered landslides and flash floods in several places. An official estimate earlier put the toll from rain-related incidents in the state at 52 while another 37 persons were injured.
On Monday, a part of the famous Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple in Dehradun collapsed following incessant rain. Devotees faced problems as the way leading to the temple's entrance was partially blocked due to the falling of trees.
- With inputs from agencies