10 Nepalis killed in landslide near Dehradun of Uttarakhand

KATHMANDU: At least 10 Nepal-origin labourers were killed in a landslide in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Local authorities recovered their bodies on Monday afternoon after they were buried under boulders in a landslide the night before during a heavy storm, the Hindustan Times reported.

The victims were daily wagers working on a project under the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna, according to the Press Trust of India.

According to the HT report, the landslide took place at Chetra village of Tyuni block, around 150 kilometres away from Dehradun district headquarters.

The report added that total 16 labourers had taken shelter under the boulders and they had got trapped when the landslide dislodged the rocks.

"The remaining six labourers were injured, five of who were sent to Tyuni and one to Dehradun for medical treatment."

Meanwhile, postmortem of the recovered bodies was complete by this afternoon and preparation were afoot to perform the last rites on the bank of river Tons, a Yamuna river tributary close to the accident spot, according to the report.

“Cremation will be done by the administration with full religious honour to all deceased in the presence chief minister Harish Rawat, home minister ... and state forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal who were present at the spot to take stock of the situation” said Premlal, the Tyuni sub-divisional magistrate.

The Uttarakhand government has announced an ex-gratia of IRs 400,000 each to the bereaved families, according to media reports.