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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Landslide at Mount Abu, India, after heavy rains - 10th Aug 2011

Heavy downpour at Mount Abu triggered off a landslide at Harna Hanuman temple on Tuesday morning blocking the Mount Abu road which connects the hill station with the rest of the country. Thousands of tourists were stranded due to the landslide. By 7 pm, Mount Abu recorded 210 mm rain within 12 hours bringing its total rainfall this season to 752 mm. Mount Abu's Nakki lake was overflowing since Tuesday afternoon.

Power failure added to the woes of the tourists stuck in Mount Abu. And they might be trapped there for some more time as officials said heavy rain was obstructing the work of clearing the road.

In charge, sub divisional magistrate Mount Abu Jagarbeer Singh Gujjar, said, "We are trying to restore the vehicular traffic. The rocky slab which had blocked the traffic has been removed however it may take time to restore normalcy as there are long queues of vehicles on both sides," he said.

Due to heavy rainfall, walls of many houses collapsed and many huts got inundated. People residing in the low lying areas were shifted to safer places. An elderly woman Elizabeth Eshwa, who had lost both her legs to a disease, was rescued from her flooded house by the CRPF and Army personnel. IG KKS Prasad of CRPF, immediately directed his team lead by assistant commandant Anil Shekhawat to launch the rescue operation. Source