The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

19 dead, dozens buried in India landslides: Rescuers


DEHRADUN, India (AFP) - At least 19 people in northern India died on Friday in landslides and flashfloods triggered by heavy overnight monsoon rains and up to 30 others are missing, a rescue official said.

The deaths occurred in the early hours after particularly heavy downpours in the Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts of the scenic Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, a state disaster management spokesman reported.

A total of 14 bodies had been discovered in four villages in Rudraprayag and five other corpses were found in Bageshwar.

"We estimate that some 25 to 30 people are still buried under the rubble (in Rudraprayag)," the spokesman added as rescue workers scrambled to locate survivors. "Many people are missing but we fear that the chances of survival are negligible."