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SHIMLA, Aug. 14, 2023 (TBINN)

At least 29 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh, nine of them buried under the rubble of temple and after another landslip in Shimla, as rains wreaked havoc in the hill state, triggering land-slides that blocked key roads and brought down houses, officials informed today.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said nine bodies have been pulled out of the debris of a Shiv Temple in Summer Hill area and the other disaster site in Shimla’s Fagli Area, where several houses were buried under mud and slush. Up to 15 other people are feared trapped at these two sites.

In Solan District, seven members of a family were killed in a cloudburst. Two houses in Solan were washed away following the cloud-burst in night. While six people were rescued, seven others were killed in Jadon Village, a police official said.

The dead have been identified as Harnam, 38 years of age, Kamal Kishore, aged 35, Hemlata, aged 34, Rahul of 14 years, Neha of 12 years, Golu, aged 8 years and Raksha of 12 years, Superintendent of Police, Solan, Gaurav Singh said.

In Balera Panchayat of the district, two children died as their make-shift house collapsed in a land-slide and the body of one of them has been recovered. Another woman died in a land-slide in Banal Village of Ramsheher Tehsil, Deputy Commissioner of Solan Manmohan Sharma, said.

In Hamirpur, Deputy Commissioner said that three persons have died while two are missing due to incessant rains in the district. He appealed to all the residents of the district to take special precautions in view of the bad weather and avoid going out unnecessarily.

Seven members of a family, including a two-year-old, were killed in a land-slide late at night in Seghli Panchayat of Mandi District. Three persons were rescued, Deputy Commissioner Arindam Chaudhary informed.

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