At least seven people were killed and more than 33 were injured when a boulder rolled down and hit people bathing in a waterfall in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals.
The incident occurred around 3.30 pm at Siar Baba waterfall, a major attraction for holiday-makers, Senior Superintendent of Police Reasi Tahir Sajad Bhat told PTI.
According to news agency ANI, army and the police have commenced the search operation. However, more details are awaited.
Jammu: 4 people dead after landslide hits Sehar Baba waterfall near Riasi; Army and police launch search and rescue operation; More details awaited pic.twitter.com/b979z7ZQCB— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2018
According to officials, the toll might go up as more people were believed to be trapped under the debris which fell along with the rock from the hillock.
Located 10 km from the Reasi town, the waterfall on the Chenab river at an elevation of 466 metres, is one of the biggest in north India.
The spectacular view of the water falling from a height of over 100 feet attracts a large number of tourists.
Earlier, on July 5, over 250 passengers trapped due to massive landslides on the Mughal road in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district were rescued by the army.
About 50 vehicles and a large number of travellers got stranded on the stretch, a defence spokesman said, and added that a call for help was received by the army, which immediately sprang into action.
On 29 June, a fresh landslide blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, leaving hundreds of vehicles including those carrying Amarnath pilgrims to the base camps in the Valley stranded, a police official said.