Thursday, February 22

Dozens Dead and 50 Missing After Landslide in India

At least 11 people have been killed in a landslide in northeast India. It concerns employees involved in the construction of a railway, who were all buried by the rubble.


Rescue workers are still looking for about 50 missing persons, local media report.

An official in Manipur state, where the incident took place, said 25 people had been rescued. Most of the victims were reserve soldiers from the Territorial Army working on the railway project. “The loss of life, including members of our armed forces, is deeply saddened,” Governor Biren Singh said on Twitter.

The remote northeast of India has been hit by heavy rainfall in recent weeks, causing landslides and flooding. Earlier this year, at least ten people were killed in flooding and landslides caused by unusually heavy rain in various parts of the country.

According to experts, climate change is increasing the number of extreme weather events around the world, including in India. Dams, deforestation and development projects in India also contribute to disasters with a growing human toll.

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