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6 killed in India's northeast landslides

Updated:2017-06-19 18:34:23   XinHua

At least six people were killed and several others injured after being hit by landslides in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya, officials said Sunday.

The major landslide triggered by incessant rains struck Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation at Umiam in Ri-Bhoi District, about 20 km north of Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya.

"Five people lost their lives and went missing after a major landslide hit them in Umiam yesterday," a police official said. "The victims were sleeping when the landslide struck them."

Following the accident, a team of disaster response force was immediately sent to the spot to carry out rescue efforts, officials said.

"The team pulled out several people in injured condition and removed them to hospital," the official said.

In a separate incident, a kid was killed after being hit by a landslide in Ladkyntong village in East Khasi Hills district.

Authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Landslides and flash floods were reported from various parts of the state in the wake of the rains.

Editor: Eric Wang

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