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Frightening! Massive landslides bury vehicles on outskirts of Shimla

Shimla: Eight vehicles were buried while three houses and a temple were damaged in a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains on a much-frequented National Highway near Dhalli area in the suburbs of Shimla, officials said. No loss of life was reported in the incident, they said, adding that 15 families were shifted to safer places as several houses on a hill top were endangered.
Due to the landslides, the Dhalli-Shoghi road was blocked and hundreds of trucks loaded with apples and headed to the Bhattakufar Subzi Mandi, 3 Km from the spot, were stranded. Videos of the incident, which showed a heap of rubble falling on the road, brushing away some vehicles while trapping others under the debris, went viral.
Heavy machinery was deployed to remove the debris and clear the road, Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said, adding that there was no loss of life. Heavy rains triggered landslides in some interior areas also but there was no major disruption and most roads functioned.
"A portion of the cliff opposite the temple near Bhattakufer caved in. Boulders rolled down and smashed six-seven vehicles parked along the highway," a police official told a news agency. Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajinder Singh told reporters that three persons were rescued from the spot. The area has been witnessing heavy rainfall for the past three days.
Police have diverted traffic via Sanjauli, on Shimla's outskirts. The highway links the state capital with prominent tourist destinations like Kufri and Naldhera and apple belts of Jubbal, Narkanda and Kharapathar and the entire Kinnaur district.
Meanwhile heavy rains occurred at some places of Himachal Pradesh. Paonta Sahib and Nahan received 137 mm and 127 mm rains, followed by Naina Devi (118 mm), Jhandutta (85 mm), Kheri (58 mm), Mehre (51 mm), Berthin (49 mm), (Kahu 39 mm), (Pachhad 38 mm), (Solan 37 mm), Dalhousie and Shimla (33 mm), Jubbar Hatti and Una (24 mm), and Kufri and Ghumarwin which had 20 mm of rain.
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