A massive landslide hit a section of the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway in India, sweeping away some vehicles and burying others on September 2.
The incident took place near Dhalli Tunnel, which is around seven kilometres away from Shimla, and was captured on video. News agency ANI reported that the landslide buried several vehicles under debris and impacted traffic movement in the area.
Fortunately, there were no causalities in the incident. The video shows a long line of vehicles parked or standing still on a mountain road. Seconds into the video, a landslide is seen forming and then crashing down onto the road, taking along with it several cars that were on the highway. The cars are seen falling off the mountainside and it seemed that they were mostly empty. There were no causalities due to the landslide, an official said.
The DSP of Shimla Police said that people who were stuck in houses below the site where the landslide took place were immediately rescued.
“There are 2-3 empty cars still under debris from landslide,” he added.
Another police official told news agency IANS, “A portion of the cliff opposite the temple near Bhattakufer caved in. Boulders rolled down and smashed six-seven vehicles parked along the highway.”
Rescue operations arrived at the scene soon after and rescued people from under the debris. Traffic on the national highway had to be diverted.