Four children died and two others were injured in a mudslide near a drain on Monday, police said.
Seven children, aged seven to 12, had gone nearby to dig yellow mud to color Diwali houses, police official Rajesh Singh Badhoriya said.
Six of them were mining mud when loose earth collapsed, trapping them, Badhoriya said.
Seeing the mudslide, the seventh boy ran to a nearby village and informed the people who in turn called the police, he said.
The children were taken out of the mud heap and taken to hospital, but four of them died, he said.
“The incident took place in the village of Barkhedi, in the Sukhi Sewaniya region, 22 km from the district headquarters. Three girls and a boy died on the way to Hamadia hospital, while two children there. were admitted with injuries, ”he said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed sorrow over the incident and announced financial assistance of 4 lakh each to the families of the children who lost their lives.