Kota landslide claims 1life & strands 135; rescue opn on

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Just in: Stranded 65 people were rescued out of the 135 on Monday, Aug 11. Efforts to rescue the remaining seventy people are still on from Sunday, Aug 10 afternoon with the help of a heavy-duty crane.

Jaipur, Aug 11: Two people were killed including an engineering student and 135 devotees and picnickers were stranded at cave of Gaipernath near Kota, as a landslide occured by breaking down the steps leading to the cave on Sunday, Aug 10 police said. Two Indian Air Force helicopters were pressed into service to facilitate rescue of the stranded people, who included 33 women and 20 children, police sources said.

At least three persons were buried under rocky debris as the stairs caved in due to landslide at this spot situated on the bank of the Chambal river about 25 kms from Kota town, the sources said. The cave situated below 250 ft from the road on a rocky outcrop on the Kota-Rawatbhata Road along the Darra sanctuary, has an ancient Shiv temple and a large number of people visit the place to pay obeisance and picnic.

Today being Sunday, Aug 10 a large number of people were present when the incident occurred around 1530 hrs in the afternoon. According to witness, the landslide occurred twice in a short interval. The information about the mishap was conveyed to the police by a stranded person through his mobile and police immediately swung into action.

District administration officials reached the spot, the Army's assistance was also sought and two IAF helicopters were flown from Jodhpur but the rescue operations were hampered due to darkness at the location.

The administration has later made arrangements for light for safety of stranded people. Food packets were also provided to them.

Efforts to rescue 135 people, are on even on Monday, Aug 11 with two Indian Air Force(IAF). The two helicopters which were flown to Kota from Jodhpur on Sunday, Aug 10 night to facilitate rescue operations but the work could not be undertaken due to darkness at the location and so the efforts were suspended for Monday, Aug 11 morning.

Three persons were buried under rocky debris as the stairs caved in due to landslide at the spot situated on the bank of the Chambal river about 25 kms from Kota town, sources said.

The cave, situated below 250 ft from the road on a rocky outcrop on the Kota-Rawatbhata Road along the Darra sanctuary, has an ancient Shiv temple and a large number of people visit the place to pay obeisance and for picnic.


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