Sixteen people killed as landslide hits northeast India

Construction workers' camp crushed following days of torrential rain in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Days of heavy rain in the mountainous regions are believed to have weakened the soil, triggering the landslide. [Reuters]
    Days of heavy rain in the mountainous regions are believed to have weakened the soil, triggering the landslide. [Reuters]

    At least 16 people have been killed after a huge landslide hit a camp for construction workers in northeast India.

    The workers were asleep in their accommodation when the landslide hit, according to the AFP news agency.

    Three labourers survived, escaping with only minor injuries, but one more worker is still missing.

    India's National Disaster Management Authority said police and soldiers had rushed to the scene.

    The landslide happened in Tawang, in the remote Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh.

    While the majority of India is in the grip of an extreme heat wave, days of torrential rain have plagued the northeastern states.

    The region is notoriously wet, and the nearby state of Meghalaya is home to Mawsynram, officially the wettest place in the world.

    The main rainy season runs from June to October, but significant rain also falls in the preceding months.

    The recent downpours are likely to have weakened the soil in the mountainous region, which regularly suffers landslides in the rainy season.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.