Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

30 Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

30 Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

Teams from the Army and the National Disaster Response Force have been called in and have been working on rescuing those still trapped since 2 am on Sunday, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".

The landslide happened at Kotrupi, 220 kilometres from Shimla.

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

Rescue workers were finding it hard to retrieve the remains of the Manali-bound bus as it rolled down 800 metres below the road and got stuck under a huge mound of debris. Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in the other bus.

Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident, following which a rescue operation was launched. Earlier 45 bus passengers were buried in a landslide near Matiyana in Shimla district in 1988 and 42 passengers were buried in another mishap at Luggar Hati in Kullu district in 1994.

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

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

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