Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

At least six persons were killed and many are feared trapped in a massive landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning, an official said.

One of the buses was carrying 47 passengers from Chamba to Mandi while the second bus, was carrying about 8-10 passengers from Katra to Manali when the accident occurred.

The Army and NDRF teams have reached the spot and started rescue operation along with the police, administration and local people.

Confirming the development, Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been away in the incident. Eight bodies have been recovered, including the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely.

Another state roadways bus, which was on its way from Manali to Katra, was also hit by the landslide debris. "A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 m from the National Highway and four people have been rescued from the debris". He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing.

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