Landslide Triggered by Rains Kills 42 in India

By: Ashok Sharma - AP Writer
By: Ashok Sharma - AP Writer

A landslide triggered by torrential seasonal rains swept through a hilly region in southern India, killing at least 42 people, an official said Tuesday.

The landslide demolished nearly 300 tin-roofed mud huts Monday
in the Ooty and Coonoor region of Tamil Nadu state, a state flood
control official said on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to talk to reporters. The region is nearly 1,120 miles
(1,800 kilometers) south of the capital, New Delhi.

Rescuers found 14 bodies in the debris Monday and another 28 on
Tuesday, the official said, adding that eight injured people were
hospitalized.

The death toll was expected to rise further with the rescue
operation continuing in the region, the official said.

Ooty is a popular tourist destination, but none of those killed
or injured were foreigners, he said.

India's June-September monsoon season causes severe flooding and
kills hundreds of people across the country. But the annual monsoon
brings rains that are vital to agriculture in India.

It is common for the southern parts of the country to receive
heavy rains in November and December.


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