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An ailing woman is carried on a wooden plank to a safer place from her partially submerged house after incessant rains in Srinagar
An ailing woman is carried on a wooden plank to a safer place from her partially submerged house after incessant rains in Srinagar March 30, 2015.  Danish Ismail—REUTERS

At Least 6 Die in Kashmir Landslide

Updated: Mar 30, 2015 3:40 PM ET

Correction appended, March 30

A landslide in Kashmir killed at least six people, authorities said Monday, as unseasonal rains swept northern India and compelled hundreds to flee their homes over fears of flooding.

The landslide took place in a village about 25 miles from Indian-administered Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar, where a section of a hill buried a house where three families were sleeping, Reuters reports.

“The entire house is covered in earth,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a neighbor. “The chance of finding everyone alive is unlikely.”

See the Aftermath of the Deadly Landslide in Kashmir

Kashmiri villagers gather during rescue efforts following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden near Chadoora, west of Srinagar, on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri villagers gather during rescue efforts following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden near Chadoora, west of Srinagar, on March 30, 2015.Tauseef Mustafa—AFP/Getty Images
Kashmiri villagers gather during rescue efforts following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden near Chadoora, west of Srinagar, on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri villagers look for missing residents following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden on March 30, 2015.
A Kashmiri man in the village of Laden carries the body of a child after it was pulled out from the rubble after a hillside collapsed onto a house on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri villagers watch the rescue operation at the site of a damaged home after a hillside collapsed onto it in the village of Laden on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri villagers look for missing residents following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri women wail and rush towards the body of a relative, victim of a landslide, in the village of Laden on March 30, 2015.
A Kashmiri villager walks near an injured horse close to a damaged house in the village of Laden following a landslide due to heavy rainfall on March 30, 2015.
Kashmiri villagers gather during rescue efforts following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden near
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Around 60 more villagers are trapped in three houses, officials told The Indian Express, and the Indian army has been called in to assist with the rescue efforts.

Meteorologists warned that the torrential rain that has damaged harvests in the region over the past month would persist, although the intensity is expected to reduce. Rural suicides in the region have also reportedly risen during the same period, as winter crops have been destroyed by the rains.

The devastation comes as Kashmiri families are still recovering from the region’s worst-ever flood last September, which claimed over 400 lives and rendered millions homeless.

Correction: The original version of his story incorrectly identified the number of people killed in the landslide. As of March 30, six people were found dead.

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