50 feared dead as landslide hits 2 buses on Himachal's Mandi NH

Himachal landslide

At least 30 passengers travelling in two Himachal roadway buses are feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi Pathankot National Highway.

Confirming the development, Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been away in the incident.

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

Rescue operations are reported to be now underway in the region, as the number of injured victims may increase.

So far, eight bodies have been recovered from the debris.

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According to witnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk on the highway for refreshments when the incident took place.

The bus from Chamba to Manali, carrying the maximum number of passengers, is yet to be retrieved from a mound of mud and boulders. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely.

One of the buses was going from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra. It is not known how many passengers were in the bus which is under the debris.

In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving auto.

He said immediately after receiving the information the ADM was rushed to the spot.

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