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    A day after at least forty-six people were killed by a massive landslide in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh, landslides triggered by a could burst in neighboring Uttarakhand have claimed at least a dozen more lives.

    NEW DELHIi (Sputnik) — Rescue workers have dragged out ten dead bodies, six belonging to soldiers of the Indian Army and four civilians from a landslide at Pithoragarh district in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Twenty-six people are still missing.

     "Six army jawans of Kumaon regiment are feared washed away by a swollen local rivulet in Ghatiyabagad after a cloudburst lashed the area," Ajay Joshi, a senior police official of Pithoragarh told Sputnik.  

    In Mangti area of the state, three people were buried when a landslide engulfed three shops.

    ​"Rescue operations are underway at both disaster affected places. District police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have reached the spots to take control of the relief and rescue operations," Ajay Joshi added. 

    Uttarakhand's Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat confirmed massive damage and loss in affected areas.

    Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, rescue teams are searching for scores of persons who are still missing and feared dead.

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