Eight labourers were buried alive in Uttarakhand on Saturday evening when part of a hillock fell over them while they were working at a construction site.
Nine labourers were trapped alive when part of the hillock fell in Ramgarh, circle officer Bhowali RS Hyanki said.
Eight of them suffocated to death while one was rescued alive, he said. Most of the workers belonged to Lakhimpur Khiri in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
One injured, 8 dead after getting trapped under building debris in Nainital, Uttarakhand last night (earlier visuals of rescue operations) pic.twitter.com/6GlPXioR5e— ANI (@ANI_news) December 11, 2016
The deceased labourers have been identified as Deshraj, Rahul and Ramesh Rana from Lahimpur Khiri, Ajay Kumar, Mithun, Arun, Devindra and Ujjwal from Palamu in Jharkhand, Hyanki said.
The labourers were constructing a private residential building when they were buried alive.