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WATCH: Huge falling boulders wreak havoc in India

The rockfall occurred in the village of Chitkul, in the Indian Himalayas.

Nine tourists have died after their minivan was crushed on Sunday in northern India by boulders falling down a mountainside.

Caused by heavy rainfall, three others were injured in the rockfall, as well as cars crushed, houses struck and even a bridge destroyed.

The rocks had reportedly been falling sporadically for two days as soil erosion following several downpours allowed the rocks to come loose.

President Ram Nath said he was “deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people in a landslide in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.”

“Express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured people a speedy recovery.”

Prime Minister Modi said financial assistance would be given to the victims’ families, most of whom had travelled from Dehli in the hopes of visiting the nearby town of Sangla, which is known for having the purest air in India.

Monsoon season typically lasts from June to September in India, with the western state of Maharashtra already seeing 136 people killed there in floods.

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