Viral video minutes after Kinnaur rockslide mishap shows chaos

Tribune News Service
Shimla, July 27

A five-minute viral video shot by one of the tourists wounded in the recent rockslide in Kinnaur district shows the panic and the chaos that occurred minutes after the incident.

The video was shot by Naveen Bharadwaj from Punjab even as blood pours out of a wound in his head.

Bharadwaj says in the video that he jumped out of the tourist vehicle and escaped as boulders hit the vehicle he was in. The rockslide was triggered by a landslide near Sangla in Himachal's Kinnaur district.

Meanwhile, authorities handed over the bodies of eight of the nine deceased to their families at Himachal Bhawan New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

The body of the naval officer, Lieutenant Amogh Bapat, was handed over to the Indian army at Karcham from where it was airlifted to his native place in Chhattisgarh, IANS quoted an official as having said.

The tourists were going from Chitkul to Sangla when a massive landslide occurred on the Sangla-Bateseri road near Bateseri village on Sunday, killing them.

Nine people—eight tourists and their driver—died in the incident. Among those who died was a 27-year-old naval officer Amogh Bapat from Chhattisgarh.

One of the victims, Deepa Sharma, 34, an ayurveda doctor, posted her merrymaking photos amidst nature just before the boulders hit the vehicle in which she was travelling.

On a vacation to the hill state, Deepa posted her picture on Twitter and also wrote: "Standing at the last point of India where civilians are allowed. Beyond this point around 80 kms ahead we have border with Tibet whom China has occupied illegally." Her last Twitter post at 12.59 pm featured a picture of her posing at Nagasti checkpost of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Twenty-five minutes after the last tweet, the news came that massive boulders fell on a Tempo Traveller carrying the tourists.

One of her tweets, "Life is nothing without mother nature", became widely popular posthumously.

Her Twitter account has many photographs about her trip to the hill state, including a stunning early morning sky.

—With IANS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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