Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

Authorities inspect the site of tragedy

Shimla: In a massive landslide that occurred in Mandi district of the state on Sunday, at least seven people were killed and over two dozen reported missing. Indian Army personnel and members of the NDRF have been called for fast execution of the rescue operations. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has reached at the spot.Sources said that during the rescue operation, bodies recovered from headless and amputated.

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 injured were taken were taken to a hospital.

Hindustan Times quoted Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam who said that 'possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out'. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50.

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"The rain has hampered the rescue operations which is making it tough for the police and home guard", he added. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing.

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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