Five of family buried in Himachal landslide

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 04:40 hrs

Shimla, June 17 (IANS) Five members of a family, including three children, were buried early Monday when boulders fell on their house in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district, police said.

"Rescue work by the locals has begun but the government officials are yet to reach the spot owing to massive landslides," Superintendent of Police G. Shiva told IANS over phone.

He said the family was sleeping in their house at Chagaon village near Tapri, some 220 km from state capital Shimla, when the incident occurred.

"The chances of survival of the victims is bleak," he added.

The entire Kinnaur district has been experiencing heavy rain for the past two days.

Shiva said four people died in various landslide incidents in the district since Sunday.

He said work is on to resume link roads in the district and the picturesque Sangla Valley has been cut off due to landslides and a large number of tourists are stranded.

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