Himachal landslide buries two buses, claims 7 lives

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Shimla: Thirty people are feared killed after a massive landslide buried two buses they were travelling in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district.

The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud swept away an entire stretch of highway roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the state capital Shimla.

"The army and NDRF have been called while police, home guard and fire services have already been deployed in the rescue and relief operation", Kadam said. Six passengers have survived, whereas 2 bodies have been recovered from the debris.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday offered condolence to the families of the deceased in the Mandi landslide and requested the Himachal Pradesh Government to provide every possible aid. The incident took place in the Ural area of Mandi where two buses passing through Pathankot-Manali National Highway were washed away in the muddy water due to a reported cloudburst. Two buses, one auto and a bike were damaged in the landslide. As per a Times of India report, one of the bus was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali, while the other was on its way to Chamba from Manali.

The number of people who are feared dead in the landslide is likely to increase, Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters.

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