New Delhi/Kullu | As many as ten pilgrims were killed while five others reported missing this afternoon when two buildings partly collapsed after a landslide triggered by heavy rains at a Sikh shrine pilgrim centre at Manikaran in Kullu district, about 120 km from the Himachal Pradesh capital.
Kullu Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar confirmed that ten bodies were extricated under the rubble and five others missing. Rolling down heavy boulders hit the the two guest houses at Sikh shrine premises at 1230 hrs and the impact of the boulders was so intense that it tore apart four and six storeyed guest houses burying 15 persons under it. Search for the missing is going on a war footing.
Reports from Aurangabad said as many as 574 farmers have allegedly committed suicide by different means till August 14 in eight districts of the Marathwada since January 1, this year, due to the prolonged drought-like conditions in the region. As many as 551 farmers had committed suicide last year.
Most of the farmers took the extreme step due to scarcity of financial resources and water, debt, land infertility and other reasons which they had been experiencing since last three years, a weekly report issued by the divisional commissioner’s office stated. The highest cases of suicide (164) were reported in drought-prone Beed district, while the lowest (21) were registered in Hingoli.
A report from Hyderabad said heavy rain would occur at isolated places in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema during the next 24 hours. Similarly, heavy rain would occur at isolated places in the districts of Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar, and Medak during the next 24 hours.
Moderate to rather heavy rain or thunder showers would occur at a few places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema and Telangana during the same period, Met office sources said.
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