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16 killed in north-eastern India landslide

Indian police said 16 people were killed in a landslide in a remote village near India’s north-eastern border with China.

An official at the police control room of Tawang said that heavy rains in Arunachal Pradesh state’s Tawang district triggered the landslide early Friday.

He said boulders and mud came sliding down a hillside and buried a temporary settlement of labourers who were working at the construction site of a hotel at Famla village on the outskirts of Tawang town.

The police said 16 bodies had been found and more people were feared buried in the rubble, while rescue operations were ongoing.

Meanwhile, landslides brought on by heavy pre-monsoon rains had also been reported from other parts of the region.

Electricity had been cut off and roads blocked in some areas and houses damaged.


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