At least 43 people were feared dead and several others injured in massive landslides caused by heavy rains in three hilly villages of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand on Friday morning.
The villages — Jhetalan, Laa, and Maati — situated at a height of 6000 feet and 65 km north of Pithoragarh, were washed away by the massive slides at around 2 am, district magistrate N S Negi said.
“The impact of the rains was so heavy that a whole mountain came sliding down on the three villages, instantly destroying several dwellings,” Minister for Planning, Labour, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant told HT.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans removed 15 bodies from the debris under which at least 28 bodies are still trapped and presumed to be dead. Incessant rains and the rough terrain hampered rescue operations.