GAUHATI, India: Rescuers found more bodies on Friday as they resumed searching for dozens of missing people after a mudslide triggered by weeks of heavy rains killed at least 19 people at a railroad construction site in northeastern India, officials said. Intermittent rain continued in the region where 19 bodies have been recovered so far after a hillock caved in and buried the railroad project area, Guite told the Associated Press (AP). Because of a decades-old insurgency seeking a separate homeland for ethnic and tribal groups in the area, army personnel had been providing security for the railway officials. Some survivors recalled being swept down by the gush of the hill debris, The Times of India newspaper cited Daichuipao, a resident, as saying. Monsoon rains in South Asia typically begin in June, but torrential rain lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh as early as March this year.
Source: Manila Times July 02, 2022 15:31 UTC