Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

August 13 (ANI): At least two people have been killed and four rescued from the debris after a landslide hit Himachal Pradesh's Mandi on Sunday.

One of the buses was travelling to Chamba from Manali while the other was travelling to Katra in Jammu from Manali when the landslide occurred.

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

Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away. Immdiate rescue operations were launched. Earlier 45 bus passengers were buried in a landslide near Matiyana in Shimla district in 1988 and 42 passengers were buried in another mishap at Luggar Hati in Kullu district in 1994.

According to ANI, National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed for traffic due to landslide threat.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh tweeted he is on his way to the accident site, adding the NDRF has been called in.

The tragedy struck at 12.15 am today in Kotrupi village in Padhar sub-division of Mandi district.

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

The six persons have been identified as Beauty Sharma from Bihar, Shubham from Pathankot in Punjab, and Sachvetra Devi from Rampur, Manju from Karsog, Aneeta from Kullu, and Rakesh Kumar from Dharamsala - in Himachal Pradesh.

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