Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Himachal Pradesh landslide: 12 bodies recovered, PM condoles loss of lives

Himachal Pradesh landslide: 12 bodies recovered, PM condoles loss of lives

A massive landslide hit Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district on Saturday night, killing at least five people and injuring many.

According to an official, the landslide occurred around midnight on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway burying two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely. In the tragic landslide incident around 50 people are feared dead while rescue teams so far have recovered 12 bodies while search to trace remaining missing people is still on.

One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

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In a post on Facebook, Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said that rescue operations have been underway at the site since 2 am and also Indian Army has been called in to assist considering the seriousness of the situation.

Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh reached Kotroopi village to oversee the rescue operation. He added that rain was hampering the rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, NH-21 Mandi to Aut has been declared unsafe and traffic has been diverted to Kulu Manali via Kamand route.

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