Terrifying video footage of a landslide in Sangla, in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh shows large chunks of rocks breaking off a mountain top and rolling down into the valley below.
At least nine tourists are feared dead and four injured following the freak rockslide from the high mountains of Sangla valley. The rocks tumbled down the mountain and hit a tourist vehicle that was on its way to Chitkul, a popular tourists spot in the Kinnaur district of Himachal, about 245 km from Shimla. According to some reports, nine tourists were feared dead and that the rockslide was caused due to the collapse of the Batseri bridge in Sangal Valley.
Chief secretary Anil Khachi confirmed the nine deaths along with damage to the Batseri bridge and a 200-meter highway patch.
With monsoons wreaking havoc in the state just last week, tourists had reportedly been advised by local authorities not to venture towards destinations prone to accidents. Some tourists, however, managed to evade the police and were heading to Chitkul, an official from Sangla.
Chitkul, a village located on the right bank of Baspa River, is the last village of the Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without a permit.
According to details released by police, four women and five men were killed in the accident. The list has been published in full below:
Senior officials including Deputy Commissioner Abid Hussain have rushed to the spot as emergency operations to trace the bodies and provide relief to the injured have already started.
The incident took place around 2.15 pm on Sunday when the rock boulders suddenly started rolling down from the high mountain.
The panic spread all over the place as some travellers also raised the alarm about safety as the rocks struck pedestrians on the road.
A bridge on the Baspa river was also smashed by the high-speed boulders and rocks as massive damage was caused to the houses and buildings.
The incident occurred days after flash floods in Himachal Pradesh left several persons dead. Last week, the death toll from flash flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall rose to 13.
On 30 October 2022 a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Machchhu River in the city of Morbi in Gujarat, India, collapsed, causing the deaths of at least 135 people and injuries to more than 180 others.
Initial reports said that the bridge was reopened early after repairs, without the required certificate of fitness from the local civic authorities of Morbi municipality..
The chief officer of the municipality, who had agreed on the contract for repairs after the 2001 earthquake, said the private firm responsible for the renovations "threw the bridge open to visitors without notifying us, and therefore, we couldn't get a safety audit of the bridge conducting
A forensic report presented in court said that the bridge could not withstand the weight of the new heavy flooring given the cables were rusted, it had broken anchors, and the bolts connecting the aforementioned two were loose.
A five-member committee was formed by the Government of Gujarat to investigate and determine the cause. Nine people, all associated with the Oreva group, were arrested and subject to investigation: two managers and two ticket clerks employed by Oreva, two contractors, and three hired security guards.
A first information report was filed against the maintenance and management agencies of the bridge under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (intentional act causing death), and 114 (abettor present when offence committed) of the Indian Penal Code.
Rip to all 2977 people that died in 9/11🇺🇸
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck central Morocco, killing at least 1,000 people, and causing damage in several areas.
The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5km, the US Geological Survey said.
It struck at 23:11 local time, followed by a 4.9 aftershock 19 minutes later.
People died in Marrakesh and several areas to the south, the country's interior ministry said.
Many of the victims are believed to be in remote areas.
The interior ministry said the earthquake killed people in the provinces and municipalities of al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant, adding that more than 600 people have been injured.
Many people spent the night out in the open as the Moroccan government had warned them not to go back into their homes in case of severe aftershocks.
Hospitals in Marrakesh have seen an influx of injured people, and the authorities have called on residents to donate blood.
There are also reports of families trapped under the rubble of their homes in the city, and damage to parts of the Medina, a Unesco World heritage Site.
Some buildings have collapsed, one resident told the Reuters news agency. Several clips on X show buildings crashing down, but the BBC has not identified where they were.
Dust could also be seen surrounding the minaret of the historic Kutubiyya mosque in Marrakesh, a major tourist attraction near the old city's main square.
One man described feeling a "violent tremor" and seeing "buildings moving".
"People were all in shock and panic. The children were crying and the parents were distraught," Abdelhak El Amrani told the AFP agency.
He said power and phone lines were down for 10 minutes.
Marrakesh resident Fayssal Badour had been driving when the quake hit.
"I stopped and realised what a disaster it was," he told AFP. "The screaming and crying was unbearable."
"The clip shows an incident that occurred in March 2021 in the northern Indian city of Gurugram, which is located just southwest of the capital New Delhi.
The four men were taking shelter from heavy rain under the tree when a bolt of lighting struck it. The incident was captured by a CCTV camera.
Three of the men fall to the ground instantly, while the fourth collapses a few moments later. According to officials cited by local media, all four men were injured and subsequently rushed to Medeor Hospital in Manesar—a town near Gurugram.
A police spokesperson told The Indian Express at the time that one of the men, a 38-year-old identified as Ramprasad, passed away later that day after succumbing to his injuries. The other three men survived the incident."
History courtesy of Newsweek. R.I.P. to the individual who passed away, and may his family/friends find peace.
Action Timepoints (including insane swamp of cars and lumber in the 2nd minute): 0:01-0:15, 1:09-3:19
Godzilla could not be reached for comment during or after the tragic event.
R.I.P. to the victims and may their loved one's find peace.
Source containing more images: https://web.archive.org/web/20230516024015/https://i.imgur.com/a/3bRET
The devastating landslide took place in a market area of Anni which is a town in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, 76 km from district headquarters Kullu. Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said the administration had identified the risk and evacuated the commercial building two days ago
Forest fires continue near the city of Alexandropolis
High winds from nearby hurricane have downed power lines on Maui and is the suspected cause of raging wildfires. Video is from a family that barely got out as alot of the fires and evacuations started in the middle of the night. Cell towers are down and unfortunately there are alot of people who still cannot get a hold of their family members.
Multi generation households are very common , so people are very scared for their elders/families with young kids. Oahu has heavy smoke and high winds as well.
at least 844 people killed, 4,723 injured, 108,226 houses destroyed and more than 150,000 buildings damaged in El Salvador. About 585 of the deaths were caused by large landslides in Nueva San Salvador and Comasagua here is the one in Las Colinas
Man died during the 2013 Southwest China floods, and was one of ~253 deaths (73 officially, 180 officially missing, couldn't find evidence of those 180 being rescued).
Incident in video occurred in the city of Shifang, Sichuan Province.
The river they both fell into was the Shiting river... (unfortunate)