School building collapse in rain kills 18 in India

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August 18, 2010 15:25

 
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A mudslide triggered by heavy rains demolished a school building in northern India on Wednesday, killing at least 18 children, an official said.

A state minister for relief, Khazan Das, said eight children have been rescued from the single-story school in Sumgarh, a village in Uttrakhand state.

Rescuers are still looking for another 10 children and two teachers believed to be buried in the debris of the building.

The children were aged between 6 and 13, Das said.

India is experiencing heavy rainfall this monsoon season, which usually continues into October.

Earlier this month, flash floods triggered by a cloudburst killed at least 175 people in the remote and mountainous Ladakh region of the Indian portion of Kashmir.

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