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Old 17-Aug-2010
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Five killed in landslides in U'khand

Five killed in landslides in U'khand

Gopeshwar: Five members of a family, including three children, from Uttar Pradesh were buried alive when a house collapsed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district early today.

The incident occured in Basantpur village when torrential rains caused landslides that completely buried the house, official sources said here.

The bodies of Sanjay Rajbar (34), his wife Manju Devi (24), daughter Poonam (8) and two sons-- Deepak (7) and Bittu (4)-- were later recovered by a search and rescue team comprising members of ITBP and police personnel, they said.

The deceased belonged to Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh. Rajbar was a daily wage labourer and the family had rented a house in the village.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank expressed grief over the incident and asked the district administration to provide ex-gratia to next of the kin of the deceased.

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