Local authorities recovered bodies of 10 Nepal-origin labourers on Monday afternoon after they were buried under boulders in a landslide the night before during a heavy storm.
The landslide took place at Chetra village of Tyuni block, around 150 kilometers away from Dehradun district headquarters.
Sixteen labourers had taken shelter under the boulders but got trapped when a landslide dislodged the rocks.
The remaining six labourers were injured, five of who were sent to Tyuni and one to Dehradun for medical treatment.
According to the Tyuni sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Premlal, rescue operations started early on Monday morning as soon as information regarding the mishap reached him.
“All the bodies were recovered after a more than five hours-long rescue operation by the local police and disaster management rescue and search teams. Victims were from Nepal and worked as road construction workers. They were buried under the landslide debris that included heavy boulders triggered by a tempest and storm late Sunday at around 2 am,” said Premlal.
Post-mortem of the recovered bodies was completed by afternoon and preparation were afoot to perform the last rites on the bank of river Tons, a Yamuna river tributary close to the accident spot.
“Cremation will be done by the administration with full religious honour to all deceased in the presence chief minister Harish Rawat, home minister and local MLA, Pritam Singh, and state forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal who were present at the spot to take stock of the situation” said Premlal.
The accident had occurred at around 1:30-2 am, local administration said.
The gusty winds and a hailstorm also claimed a life in Uttarakashi after a tree fell on the man’s house.