multi-storey houses have collapsed in northern India Amid widespread rains over the past few weeks, a landslide has caused massive destruction in a mountainous region.
The incident of collapsing buildings was filmed on Thursday morning in a commercial area of Ani, a town in the Kullu district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, which lies along the Himalayan range.
Initial reports said that there was no loss of life as buildings were evacuated due to increased danger from heavy rains and storms in the area a few days ago.
If any such reports come in, emergency response teams like National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed to rescue people trapped in landslides.
Videos shared by local media outlets showed eight to nine multi-storey buildings standing on the slope of the hill collapsing one by one and turning into rubble after the landslide.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said on Twitter, “Disturbing visuals are emerging from Kullu’s storm, with a huge commercial building collapsing amid devastating landslides.”
“It is noteworthy that the administration had identified the risk and successfully evacuated the building two days ago.”
Himachal Pradesh is troubled by continuous rains, cloudburst etc. landslide Dozens of people have died in the last few weeks.
Major highways, including the Kullu-Mandi highway, have been damaged due to the rains, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.
“The road connecting Kullu and Mandi has been damaged. The alternate route via Pandoh has also been damaged. Hence, traffic movement is suspended for now,” senior Kullu police officer Sakshi Verma told news agency ANI.
Last week, a Landslide kills at least 72 people in Himachal’s Shimla town As Torrential rains continue to cause landslides and floodsDue to which the local people are struggling for security.
Earlier, at least 14 people were killed when a Hindu temple collapsed in the state capital, amid fears that many others were still trapped under the debris. Earlier this month, seven people were killed in a cloudburst in Solan district of the state.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for the region and warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh over the next two days.
While the monsoon season in Himachal often turns deadly, several factors such as large-scale and environmentally unsuitable construction make it highly vulnerable, this year’s rainfall has been more devastating.
Scientists’ assessment suggests man-made causes are increasing global average temperatures climate crisis This is increasing atmospheric evaporation and humidity levels, causing frequent and sudden extreme rainfall.
In July, Record monsoon rains have killed over 100 people It rained for more than two weeks in parts of north India, including Himachal Pradesh, which was one of the worst-affected states.
South Asia receives 70–80 percent of its annual rainfall in the three monsoon months starting in June. However, this year’s record rainfall has left behind even major cities like Delhi submerged in waterBy the waters of the Yamuna River, which cuts through many northern regions of India, Reaching Even the Outskirts of the Taj Mahal in July,
Meanwhile, neighboring Pakistan, which is still reeling from last year’s devastating floods 100,000 people evacuated ahead of flood warning,