Amravati: On Wednesday evening, a landslide on the Amravati-Mumbai national highway near Badnera killed 3 laborers from Orissa and Chhattisgarh in this district.
Highway police informed that the labourers were working on a project to four-lane the Badnera bypass stretch when the tragedy occurred, said highway police officer Shridhar G Raut.
"Around 5:45 pm, when they were working on a bridge on the bypass, a massive landslide took place from the surrounding hills, trapping them," Raut told.
While three people were buried on the spot, one was retrieved from the debris and rushed to a hospital in Badnera, he said.
The victims have been identified as Charal Uday Phirku (50), Raghav Baris Mandai (35), both from Orissa, and Lala Thirtu Kurmi (33), from Chhattisgarh. They were employed by a private contractor.
Amravati is around 160 km from Nagpur and around 450 km from Mumbai. Raut said that Amravati and surrounding areas of Vidarbha region in eastern Maharashtra had been experiencing torrential rains in the past three days, which could have led to the landslide.