At least seven persons including four children were buried alive and six others injured, four of them seriously following a cloudburst at Jadon village in Jadhana gram panchayat under Kunihar police station in Kandaghat subdivision in this district, last night.
Besides, the muck that slid down after the cloudburst has also washed away cowsheds and caused massive damage to residential buildings o Harnam Singh and Rati Ram villages. The livestock has also been feared to be dead after the cloudburst as the region was experiencing torrential rains during the past 48 hours.
the deceased was identified as Harnam Singh ( 38), Khem Lata w/o Harnam Singh (34), Rahul s/o Harnam Singh (13), Neha d/o Harnam Singh (11), Kamal Kishore s/o Bhagat ram (38), Gaurav s/o Kamal Kishore (9) and Raksha d/o Kamal Kishore (12)
The incident is said to have taken place at midnight when the villagers were in deep sleep. Meanwhile, the district administration has deployed earth-moving machines to clear the landslides on the road connecting the village and Jadhana panchayat. Immediate relief and rescue operations were launched by the villages of the area as the road connecting the village was blocked following the triggering of landslides at several places.
The rescue team safely saved the life of one villager, trapped in the muck while injured villagers were referred to IGMC Shimla.
Solan Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said that PWD authorities have started the removal of the landslide on the road leading to Jadhana panchayat. he said seven bodies have been recovered and were sent for post-mortem examination to the hospital. he said that since the relief and rescue operation was in progress, more information was still awaited.