21 feared dead in mudslide in India

GAUHATI: Twenty-one people were feared dead on Saturday in a mudslide triggered by torrential monsoon rains in India’s remote mountainous northeast region, police said.


The mudslide occurred in Joumol, a village in Manipur state close to India’s border with Myanmar, said police officer Herojit Singh.

Police reinforcements were finding it difficult to reach the area which has been cut off by road because of heavy rains over the past three days, Singh said. He said that the rescuers would use helicopters to land in the area on Sunday after day-break.

Landslides are common in India during the monsoon season, which stretches from June through September.