Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

At least six persons were killed and many are feared trapped after three vehicles were hit by a landslide near Padhar area in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday early morning. One bus was on its way from Chamba to Manali.

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.

The buses had halted for a tea break at Kotrupi in the night when the tragedy struck, said special secretary (Disaster) D D Sharma. They believe 35-50 passengers were on the bus at the time of the incident. Immdiate rescue operations were launched.

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. "Immediate relief will be provided", Mr Singh said. The IG central range and Deputy Commissioner and SP are on the spot, he added.

The bus from Chamba to Manali, carrying the maximum number of passengers, is yet to be retrieved from a mound of mud and boulders.

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

In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving vehicle.

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