Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Flash flooding and landslides kill at least 72 in India’s Himalayan region

At least 72 people have died in India’s Himalayan region after days of torrential rain triggered landslides and flash floods.

Video from the area shows buildings collapsing during a massive landslide in Shimla, a city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Rescuers in the mountainous state – in the foothills of the Himalayas – have been working through challenging weather conditions to save people trapped under mud and debris.

Rescuers search the debris for survivors after a landslide following heavy rainfall in Shimla, India 
Rescuers search the debris for survivors after a landslide following heavy rainfall in Shimla. Pic: AP

Rescuers search the debris for survivors after a landslide following heavy rainfall in Shimla, India 
Pic: AP

It comes after torrential rains struck over the weekend – flooding more than 700 roads, washing away homes and leaving people trapped under piles of debris.


The state’s chief minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, said over 2,000 people have been rescued using helicopters and motorboats so far.

Hundreds of roads remain blocked and schools in Shimla – the state capital – have been ordered to shut.

A cloudburst – a weather event common in the Himalayan region where an extreme amount of precipitation falls in a short period of time – killed nine people in the Solan area on Sunday night, authorities told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Read more from Sky News:
Beijing flooding kills at least 33 after Typhoon Doksuri
£1.8bn aid package for flood-hit areas in northern Italy

A further 12 people died following two landslides in Shimla, while four others were killed in heavy rain and a landslide in the state’s Hamirpur district, they added.

The aftermath of a landslide which damaged part of a road near Dharamshala. Pic: AP

On Thursday, officials raised the total number of dead to 72.

India’s weather department has put the state of Himachal Pradesh on high alert and expects the downpours to continue over the next few days.

Disasters caused by landslides and floods are common in India’s Himalayan north during the June-September monsoon season.

Scientists say they are becoming more frequent as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.

Last year, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away houses in Uttarakhand.


Latest Tweets

London Globe

Calls for EU to investigate Russian payments to Maltese dentist.… #news #


You May Also Like

United Kingdom

Film director Ridley Scott has recalled the death of actor Oliver Reed while making the Oscar winning blockbuster Gladiator. Scott said hard-drinking Reed “just...


The controversial Russian businessman Viktor Baturin, well-known for his years-long counterstanding with his wealthy sister Elena, widow of Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, is likely...

European Union

KAPIKULE, TURKEY, May 24th, 9:00 GMT]- Over 100 members of The Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light, a persecuted religious minority, who have presented...

United Kingdom

The Watneys Party Seven is making a comeback. The ubiquitous 70s beer was a bland fizzing bitter ridiculed by many. The drink’s insipidness helped...