Following the devastating landslide that occurred on August 14 in the Summer Hill area of the capital city Shimla, a comprehensive search and rescue operation is being carried out by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), SDRF (State Disaster Response Force), army, local police, and home guards. As reported by Shimla’s SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Bhanu Gupta, a total of 14 bodies have been recovered so far.
According to local sources, it is suspected that there could be around 21 bodies yet to be located. Among these, 14 bodies have been recovered over the past two days. The search operation is ongoing, with the combined efforts of NDRF, SDRF, army, local police, and home guards. In case any positive news about survivors emerges, the rescue teams are ready to save them.
The incident has left a family of seven missing in the Summerhill area. The relatives are distressed due to the lack of information about their loved ones. This family was reportedly present at the Shiv Mandir (temple) during the time of the landslide. The exact number of people who might be affected by the landslide while traveling is not yet known. Local councilor has shared this information. According to local authorities, when the landslide occurred, a puja (worship ceremony) was being conducted at the temple. Most of the individuals were swept away along with the debris. In response, a team comprising NDRF, SDRF, and local administration has been dispatched to the area near the canal to carry out search operations.
Meanwhile, Shimla Police has appealed to the public that if anyone is missing from the Shimla and Summerhill areas after the Shivbari Mandir incident, they should share the complete details including name, address, mobile number, and other relevant information. This information can be shared by calling Police Station Baluganj at 01772830193, Police Control Room Shimla at 01772800100, or the emergency number 112.
The tragic incident occurred due to the heavy rainfall and took place around 7:15 AM when the voices of people had started echoing in the Summerhill Shiv Mandir. The force of the landslide, coupled with the heavy rain, caused a massive debris slide onto the temple, trapping it completely. Those who had reached the temple had no time to escape as the landslide struck.