30 feared dead as landslide sweeps away 2 buses in Himachal Pradesh

Bus Accident

Bus Accident

Shimla: At least ten passengers have been confirmed dead and several are still missing in a massive landslide in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, which saw two buses getting buried under a barrage of loose earth.

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

So far, 10 bodies have been recovered from the debris.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "pained by the loss of lives" and added that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is going to Mandi to take part in the rescue and relief operations.

The incident happened near Mandi-Pathankot highway late last night.

One of the state roadways bus was hit by the landslide debris and skidded off the road, falling down by nearly a kilometre. Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in the other bus.

Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam said, "Three vehicles were stranded after the landslide".

One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali.

"Around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the landslide", Himachal Pradesh's Transport Minister G.S. Bali told the media.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed with him the flood situation in the State where almost 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed.

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