Nine killed as huge boulders fall from hilltop during catastrophic landslide

Nine tourists were killed after huge boulders rained down from a large hilltop during a landslide.

The deceased were reportedly travelling in a vehicle when it was struck by one of the boulders that travelled to the ground at devastating speed.

In video shared on social media one boulder struck the bridge with such ferocity that it broke on impact and collapsed under the sheer power.

Three other people were injured in the freak event in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, reports the BBC.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families of those killed and said the incident was very sad.

In a Tweet the PM announced that funds would be given to those injured and the next of kin of the deceased.

President Ram Nath Kovind also his sympathises, he said: "Deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people in the landslide accident in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

"I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a speedy recovery."

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According to the Hindustan Times newspaper some of the dead were visiting the area from Delhi.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur advised that support teams were in the area too help with the recovery.

He said: "I spoke to Kinnaur district administration and enquired about the incident and gave them proper guidelines. The administration has started relief work. The affected are being attended to immediately."

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It is not clear what caused the accident but landslides are often caused by high levels of rainfall.

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