A landslide killed at least 15 people on Friday in northeastern India.
The landslide was reported about 3 a.m. IST Friday (5:30 p.m. EST Thursday) in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh near the borders of Bhutan and China, the Times of India reported. The people were working on a hotel construction site when the landslide occurred in a workers' camp.
Many feared buried in a landslide in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district. More details awaited...— Times of India (@timesofindia) April 22, 2016
It had been raining in the region prior to the landslide, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. Up to 6 inches of rain had fallen in the past 24 hours.
"It will continue to rain there into most of next week," Nicholls said.
Although most of India has been dealing with a heat wave, hot conditions shouldn't affect rescue operations in the region.
"Given their elevation and cloud cover, that area will not be hot," Nicholls said. "Highs will mostly be in the 22-26 C (72-79 F) range."
Other rain-related landslides occurred in the same region on Friday, the newspaper reported.
Before Friday's fatal landslide, Indian government officials had formed a committee to address drought conditions in Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Puducherry.
The same area was also struck by an earthquake in mid-April.
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake, which was centered in Myanmar, caused at least 16 injuries in Arunachal Pradesh on April 13.