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8 tourists, driver killed in landslide near Sangla in Himachal
Eight tourists and their driver, travelling to Chitkul from Sangla in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, were killed when boulders from a landslide triggered by rain hit the vehicle, near Sangla, on Sunday afternoon. The bridge over Baspa river also collapsed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed.

SHIMLA, July 26: Eight tourists hailing from different parts of northern India and their driver were killed when their shared tourist vehicle was hit by boulders from a landslide near Sangla in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday afternoon. They were on their way to Chitkul, 23 km from Sangla. The mishap took place near Batseri, 8 km from Sangla, following a rainfall.

The Tempo Traveller was carrying 11 people, including the driver, of whom eight died on the spot and one succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.

The deceased have been identified as Maya Devi Banyani (55), her son Anurag Biyani (31) and daughter Richa Biyana (35) (from Sikar in Rajasthan), Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Maharashtra, Deepa Sharma (34) also from Rajasthan, Amogh Bapat (27) and Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhattisgarh, Kumar Ulhas (37) and driver Umrab Singh (42) from Delhi, according to Tribune.

The injured being treated at Sangla health centre were Shiril Oberoi (39) from Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45), a local resident of Kinnaur.

A bridge over Baspa river, a house and more vehicles were also damaged.

“Deeply saddened by the news of the death of several people in a landslide in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured people a speedy recovery,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur tweeted, “I spoke to the Kinnaur district administration and inquired about the accident. The administration has started rescue operation... I pray to God for speedy recovery of the injured.”

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