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Himachal landslide hits two buses; 46 dead

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Shimla: Two Himachal Pradesh Roadways buses were crushed and at least 46 passengers have died in a massive landslide at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway. About 50 passengers were travelling in the two ill-fated buses.

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The landslide was caused by a cloud burst. Local authorities said that beside the two buses some other vehicles also could have been hit by the landslide.

Death toll in Arunachal Pradesh landslide rises to 16

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arunachal pradesh landslideItanagar/New Delhi: The death toll in the Arunachal Pradesh landslide has risen to 16.

Till this afternoon fourteen bodies had been retrieved along with one injured person from a construction site at Thamla, about four km from Tawang town, bordering China in Arunachal Pradesh.

The incident occurred at around 3.30 am. There were 17 labourers engaged in construction work in a camp that was ravaged by landslide due to incessant rain over the last few days. Several districts in Arunachal Pradesh have been affected by heavy rain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by a landslide in Tawang.

Earlier during the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh. He called up Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and assured full central assistance to tackle the flood situation arising due to the swollen Noa Dehing river.

The Home Minister has asked Director General of National Disaster Response Force O P Singh to rush rescue teams to landslide-hit Famla village in Tawang, according to media reports.

China landslide renders 91 missing, rescue op on

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china landslideShenzen : Firefighters used torches to search for survivors among the rubble after a landslide gripped 33 buildings and brought them down to rubble, in the south city of Shenzen in China. The buildings were either buried or damaged to severe magnitude of destruction, and local media informed that the landslide had spread around an area of 380,000 sq m (455,000 square yards). Hundreds of rescue workers still toil in the damaged area and are trying their best to bring out survivors and the ones trapped and severely injured due to the natural catastrophe that engulfed the vibrant industrial zone of southern China. Rescue operations are on in full swing and rescue workers are looking for survivors ever since the landslide hit almost three dozen buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Seven people were pulled out from the rubble with minor injuries but 91 people are still reported missing, according to Shenzhen authorities. Sunday had witnessed massive evacuations as about 900 people were evacuated from the industrial park as the landslide struck yesterday. Shenzen is one of China’s biggest and major industrial centre geographically located in the southern province of Guangdong, across the mainland border from Hong Kong. The hustle-bustle of activity went to a standstill as a major landslide blanketed a vast area of 380,000 sq m (455,000 sq yards) covering it with up to 10m (32ft) of mud. The landslide resulted in an explosion at a natural gas pipeline in the affected area. Workers working across the time zone have successfully managed to clean up about 400m of damaged pipeline and are presently working with full efforts on repairing and restoring the gas pipeline to as much functional level as possible.

Initial investigations by authorized agencies in China revealed that the landslide took place when a huge mound of soil and construction waste became unstable and collapsed. As a result, the mound had accumulated at a stone quarry that had been converted into a dumping area with its entrance and exit facing an industrial district. This was confirmed by local residents, who, while evacuating from the surrounding area, heard loud roars when the landslide had happened.

Rescue operations are in greatest magnitude and search for the missing 91 persons is on at high speed.

Typhoon Melor forces 700,000 evacuations in Phillipines

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typhoonManila : More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation. Typhoon Melor rubbed into northern tip of Samar, a farming island of 1.5 million people, in the early hours today, and created windy storms, with winds gusting at 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour. The state weather bureau informed that althought the fury of wind gush was dangerously fearsome, yet, fortunately, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damages, in the ab initio stage of typhoon alarm.

Samar has been an area prone to typhoon trouble and carries with itself, a history of such calamities even in the past. It was one of those areas which got devastated in 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, when giant waves wiped out entire communities, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.

Authorities today have warned that Melor’s powerful winds bear the potential to whip up four-metre (13-feet) high waves, blow off tin roofs and uproot trees. Additionally, the Met department is not ruling out heavy rains causing havoc within its 300-kilometre diameter, and weather bulletins are anticipating floods and landslides.

The update on Typhoon Melor released by National Disaster monitoring office spoke of parallel evacuations in other sensitive zones in vicinity — like, in Albay province alone, almost 600,000 people were evacuated due to fears that heavy rains could cause mudslides on the slopes of nearby Mayon Volcano. A detail report of Albay evac showed images of residents carrying bags of clothes and water jugs clambered onto army trucks in Albay’s Legazpi City ever since authorities sounded an evacuation alarm. The alarms were supported by factual catastrophe when huge waves crashed into the city’s deserted boulevard rendering the high rise palm trees swaying like tendrils amid strong winds.

Same was the state of affairs in the region of Sorsogon. An additional 130,000 people were also evacuated in nearby Sorsogon as the latest typhoon is expected to cut across the country’s central heartlands in the early hours of Tuesday before heading out to the South China Sea in the west. The government had prepared more than 200,000 food packs and other emergency items ahead of the storm’s landfall, as confirmed by social welfare secretary Corazon Soliman.

The Philippines is unfortunately a favored address for typhoon and contains a large history sheet which reveals that this region gets battered by an average of 20 typhoons annually. Typhoon Koppu, the last deadly storm to hit the country, had killed 54 people and had forced tens of thousands to flee their homes after it pummeled the northern Philippines in the recent month of October.