4 kids among 8 dead in Himachal’s Baddi factory wall collapse

The incident took place at 1am when a storm followed by rain struck the area. The hutments of the migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh were located adjoining the wall of factory that was abandoned five years ago.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 20:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Shimla
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Eight persons, including four children, were killed on Wednesday when a boundary wall of an abandoned factory collapsed on their hutments following heavy rain and storm in Himachal Pradesh’s Baddi town, about 35 km from Chandigarh.

The incident took place around 1am. The storm was so fierce that the 6-ft-high wall collapsed and a large number of migrant laboures sleeping in a cluster of ‘jhuggis’ adjacent to the wall in Saraj Majra village were buried alive.

The deceased have been identified as Asarfi, Maya, Asha, Nanha Sailesh, Priti, Santosh Kumar and Jamni, all migrant labourers from UP.

“They were residing on government land. They ignored advisories to vacate it,” Solan deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said after visiting the site.

Nalagarh sub-divisional magistrate Ashutosh Garg said five persons died on the spot. “Three were shifted to ESI Katha but they succumbed to their injuries,” he added.

Of the 9 injured, 7 were shifted to PGIMER and GMCH-32 in Chandigarh. Their condition is stated to be stable.

The remaining two are undergoing treatment at the community health centre in Baddi. The Himachal government has ordered a relief of Rs 50,000 each to the family of the deceased.


The hill areas of Himachal Pradesh received light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning, damaging property in Chamba and Mandi districts.

A flashflood hit Kamotha village of Kalhel panchayat in Chamba and damaged houses, vehicles and a trout farm. The storm that accompanied the rain damaged apple crop, while landslides blocked the Chamba-Tissa road.

The flashflood damaged houses and washed out the recently sown maize at Naila village in Chamba.

The thunderstorm uprooted trees in Mandi and damaged vehicles parked outside the zonal hospital.

Pradeep Mehta, an apple grower from Kotgarh, said, “The light to moderate rainfall in the area is beneficial for the crop.”

Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said, “The weather is expected to remain the same till June 9. We have issued a warning of thunderstorm in the mid and higher reaches.”

The minimum temperature in Shimla fell by 10 degrees in two days. Shimla recorded a minimum of 11 degrees Celsius, Manali 9 degrees and Dharamsala 14.8 degrees Celsius. On Monday, the day temperature in Shimla was 28.3 degrees Celsius, Sundernagar 35.9, Bhuntar 32 and Dharamsala 33.8 degrees Celsius.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 13:37 IST