Wednesday 28 September 2016

17 killed as mudslide hits construction workers in India

Published 22/04/2016 | 12:16

The mudslide hit Tawang, a tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh state
The mudslide hit Tawang, a tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh state

Torrential rains have triggered a mudslide that buried a camp for construction workers in India's remote north east, killing 17 people.

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Rescuers found 16 bodies in the camp in Tawang, a tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh state, and another injured worker died on the way to a hospital, police officer Anto Alphonse said.

The workers, who were building a hotel at the mountainous site, were sleeping in the camp when the mudslide occurred.

Three workers escaped unhurt from the camp, located at an altitude of more than 7,500ft, he said.

The area was lashed by pre-monsoon rains this week.

Rescue work ended after all of the workers were accounted for, Mr Alphonse said.

Landslides are common in the area, but usually during the monsoon season from June to September.

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