Landslide in Himachal, at least seven dead

13 August, 2017, 14:55 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Himachal Pradesh Seven people killed after landslide hits Mandi

About 30 passengers travelling in two Himachal roadway buses feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi-Pathankot, a PTI alert said. Two buses, one vehicle and a bike were damaged in the landslide.

One of the buses was on its way from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra.

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

"The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Bihar to help the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood affected region of the state", Singh said in a tweet. Five injured persons were taken to a hospital.

"The rain has hampered the rescue operations which is making it tough for the police and home guard", he added.

Hindustan Times quoted Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam who said that 'possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out'.

In a post on Facebook, Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said that rescue operations have been underway at the site since 2 am and also Indian Army has been called in to assist considering the seriousness of the situation. Immdiate rescue operations were launched.

Following the incident, the National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed due to the threat of landslides.

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