At least 46 dead in Himachal landslide; rescue operations to resume tomorrow

Himachal Pradesh Seven people killed after landslide hits Mandi
Himachal Pradesh accident: Over 50 feared dead after 2 buses swept away in Mandi landslide
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14 August, 2017

The other bus was caught up in the landslide and was found two kilometres away. The exact number of passengers in the two buses was not yet known. A search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities and the Indian Army.

"Forty-six bodies have been recovered, and of these 23 have been identified", an official said.

A Home Ministry official said that as many as seven teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel in each, have already reached the affected areas in Bihar.

The first bus, from which nobody survived, was travelling from Chamba to Manali, while the second bus was bound for Katra in Jammu.

Eye witnesses said the number of causalities could be far more as some houses on the hill side, one bike and one vehicle were believed to have been at the spot at the time of accident. However buses could be carrying 30 to 40 persons.

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Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll is likely to increase. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".

Governor Acharya Devvrat also expressed grief. Meanwhile, seven persons were confirmed killed and several feared trapped after the landslide that occurred around midnight and damaged the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway 154 as well.

More than 20 people were feared dead after massive landslides washed away and buried the two buses in Himachal Pradesh today.

The Chief Minister said the topographical condition of the State was such that such incidents could not be averted but the Government would provide whatever possible help to the family members of deceased.


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