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SHIMLA, Aug. 16, 2023 (TBINN)

At least eight houses, including six makeshift ones, were razed to the ground and a slaughterhouse was buried under debris in a land-slide in Krishnanagar locality of Himachal Pradesh’s capital in the Evening.

Two persons are feared trapped under the rubble of the houses, officials said. Uprooting of a large tree caused a land-slip leading to the collapse of a cluster of houses with deafening noise. At least two persons are feared trapped and possibility of more people under the debris cannot be ruled out, Shimla’s Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi told the Press.

Cracks developed in some houses in the Morning, following which, most of the residents vacated these, officials said.

Local Councilor Bittu Panna said at least two persons who were inside the slaughterhouse are feared trapped under the debris. Videos of people in nearby houses screaming and telling the inmates to leave immediately were circulated on social media. Heart-wrenching scenes of people calling for help and running for safety were witnessed at the site. As Police, State Disaster Response Force and locals started rescue operations, several residents in the nearby houses ran out with their belongings. My husband is trapped in the debris, a wailing woman who rushed to the spot after hearing the loud sound of slide told the Press.

Atma Ram, an employee of the slaughterhouse, said that his manager is feared trapped under the debris. At the time of construction of this slaughter house, there were slides and houses were vacated. Even after construction of retaining walls, there was seepage and the problem persisted, an eye witness of the incident Amit told the Press. He said at least 15 families have been rendered homeless after the incident.

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