4 Killed In Landslide, Several Feared – Latest news headlines


The workers were reportedly travelling to another site when the landslide took place.

Chandigarh:

At least four people have died and several others are feared trapped following a landslide in a mining zone in Haryana’s Bhiwani district on Saturday. The district administration has launched a rescue operation at the Dadam mining zone in Tosham block.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted to say that he is in constant touch with the local administration to ensure swift rescue operations and immediate assistance to the injured.

The workers were reportedly travelling to another site when the landslide took place and they got trapped in their vehicles.

“I am deeply saddened by the accident at the mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana. The administration is conducting a rescue operation. A SDRF team has been called from Madhuban and  a NDRF team from Ghaziabad. An army unit has been called from Hisar. So far four people have died,” said Haryana minister Anil Vij.

Agriculture Minister JP Dalal has reached the site to oversee the rescue operation. “A few people have lost their lives and three persons have been taken to a hospital. According to the mining contractor here, there could be three-four more people trapped inside,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief over the unit and said he has spoken to the chief minister.

“The accident due to a landslide at a mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana is very sad. I have spoken to Chief Minister @mlkhattar. The local administration is engaged in rescue work, and our priority is to save as many lives as possible. I wish the injured a speedy recovery (sic),” he said in a tweet.

Mining activities have been taking place on a large scale in Dadam mining area and Khanak Pahari after the National Green Tribunal lifted its ban on mining work in the area. The two-month ban, imposed by the green court due to pollution, was lifted on Thursday and the mining work resumed only on Friday.



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Landslide In Himachal, Many Feared – Latest news headlines


Kinnaur Landslide: Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been sent to the area.

Several people are feared buried after a landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur left many vehicles trapped under debris this afternoon.

The landslide took place on the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur at around 12.45 pm. A truck, a state-run bus and other vehicles are believed to have been buried in rubble.

Reports suggest the bus, travelling to Shimla, had 40 people on board.

Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been sent to the area for rescue operations. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also been called in.

“I’ve directed the police and the local administration to carry out rescue operations. NDRF has also been put on alert. We have received information that one bus and a car could have been hit. We are waiting for detailed information,” Mr Thakur told reporters.

Heavy, incessant rain has caused many landslides in parts of Himachal Pradesh over the past few weeks.

Last month, nine tourists were killed after huge boulders fell on their cars in another part of Kinnaur.

A video that was circulated online showed boulders rolling downhill and smashing into a bridge.

Many such videos have emerged from the state this season. In another incident, a stretch of road collapsed as a hillside crashed down in dramatic visuals of a landslide at Sirmaur after two days of incessant rain.
 





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6 Feared Dead In Fire At High-Rise In Central Kolkata | Sidnaz Blog


Firefighters are trying to put out the blaze.

Kolkata:

Six people are feared dead after a huge fire broke out in a building in central Kolkata’s Strand Road on Monday evening.

Senior ministers and police officers have reached the spot and firefighters are trying to put out the blaze.

The fire started on the 13th floor of the New Koila Ghat Building, an office building next to the Hooghly river, around 6:30 pm.

The building houses railway ticketing offices and reports said online bookings have been hit with the power being switched off.

“Can’t say how many people have died yet,” minister Firhad Hakim said.

More details are awaited.



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Several Feared Dead In Blast At Quarry In Karnataka’s | Sidnaz Blog


Many posted photos of people on the streets following the mysterious sound.

Several people are feared dead in a blast at a stone mining quarry in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, according to the police.

“The exact number is not confirmed right now as it is dark,” a police officer told NDTV.

The possibility of subsequent blasts at the quarry at Hunasondi near Abbalagere village has not been ruled out by the police, and a bomb disposal squad has been called in.

The entire area has been sealed.

The victims were reportedly transporting in a truck the explosives meant for mining when the explosion occurred news agency PTI reported.

The vehicle was badly damaged and the bodies of the victims could not be recognised.

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Senior district and police officials of Shivamogga have rushed to the spot.

The blast occurred around 10:20 pm, resulting in a loud sound and tremors which could be felt in nearby Chikkamagaluru district as well.

Many took the mysterious loud sound – which shattered window panes – to be an earthquake and ran out to the streets.

On Twitter, many posted photos of broken windows and minor damage to buildings and of people out on the streets.

Shivamogga is Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa’s home district.

(With inputs from PTI)





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