Massive landslide sweeps away several vehicles in northern India

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/2 23:19:59

A massive landslide hit a national highway in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, sweeping away at least six vehicles parked on the roadside, police said.

However, there have been no reports of any casualty so far in the incident that took place on Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway near Dhalli Tunnel, which is around seven km away from state capital Shimla. A video of the landslide has gone viral.

"A portion of the cliff caved in. Boulders rolled down and buried some six to seven vehicles parked along the highway. There have been no casualties in the incident so far. Three people have been rescued from the debris," a senior police official told the media.

Traffic movement has been diverted in the area, which is a crucial link road as the national highway connects Shimla with popular tourist destinations like Kufri and Naldhera.

Landslides and mudslides are common in the hilly state, particularly during the monsoon months. The latest incident came barely a fortnight after a massive mudslide in the state's Mandi district buried at least three homes, two buses and a bike, claiming the lives of 46 people.

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