A 34-year-old doctor from Jaipur, Dr Deepa Sharma was among the nine tourists who died because of a landslide in the Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.
Before the tragedy occurred she posted a picture on her social media handles with the caption, “Standing at the last point of India where civilians are allowed. Beyond this point around 80 kms ahead we have border with Tibet whom china has occupied illegally.”
Her brother Mahesh Kumar Sharma, tweeted about her death and her love for nature. He posted on Twitter, “My sister Deepa Sharma going for spiti tour on her upcoming 38th birthday on 29 July. She was very happy for this planned trip. She purchased new professional camera and new smartphone for it. She love nature and now my sister die in the lap of nature. May her soul rest in peace.”
Dr. Sharma’s twitter feed is full of pictures of beautiful and picturesque locations of Himachal from her visit.
A day before her death she posted a picture with a caption, “Nothing like mother nature.”
Besides her, eight other people were killed on Sunday after heavy boulders fell on their tempo traveller in a landslide near Basteri in the Kinnaur district. Those have been identified as Maya Devi Biyani (55), her son Anurag Biyani (31) and daughter Richa Biyani (25) of Rajasthan, Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) of Maharashtra, Amogh Bapat (27), Satish Katakbar (34) of Chhattisgarh, driver Umrab Singh (42) of West Bengal and Kumar Ulhas Vedpathak (37).
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur expressed condolences over the death of people.
PM Modi has also announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
Reports suggest that multiple landslides were triggered by recent rains that occurred near Basteri on Sangla-Chitkul road at 1.25 pm on July 25, resulting in a bridge collapse and damage to some vehicles.
The video of the Basteri bridge collapse has now gone viral on social media. In the video, boulders could be seen rolling downhill, causing the bridge to collapse.