New Delhi: 

Two people have died and dozens, including many Indian Army soldiers and their family members, are feared trapped after a multi-storey building collapsed today in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan, around 45 km from capital Shimla. More than 19 have been rescued from the rubble till now, according to district disaster management authorities.

Those rescued from the rubble have been taken to local hospitals.

A team of National Disaster Response Force or NDRF reached the site of the accident to carry out rescue operations. One more team has also been dispatched to help with the operations.

The building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed because of heavy rain in the area, reported news agency PTI.

Solan, Himachal Pradesh: The building collapsed because of heavy rain in the region

The army personnel and their family members were on their way to Uttarakhand and had stopped at the restaurant for lunch, a district official said, according to PTI.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, tweeting in Hindi, said rescue efforts were on to save those trapped inside the building.

Massive mudslides hit the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway after heavy overnight rain yesterday, leading to traffic jams.

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A National Disaster Response Force team is carrying out rescue operations. Another team has been dispatched to assist

The highway stretch in Solan has also been affected from the mudslides, according to news agency IANS.

The entire stretch from Parwanoo to Solan has become a permanent landslide zone. The risk of driving is aggravated after dusk, said a commuter, according to IANS.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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