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Himachal landslide buries two buses, claims 7 lives

13 August 2017

At least 30 passengers travelling in two Himachal roadway buses are feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi Pathankot National Highway.

Army soldiers and rescue workers on Sunday pulled out six bodies from two buses that were covered in mud after a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in north India.

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.

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The landslide happened at Kotrupi, 220 kilometres from Shimla.

At least 44 passengers died after a bus carrying them turned turtle and fell into River Tons in Himachal Pradesh's Gumma on Wednesday. A four-storey building too collapsed while several other houses were partly damaged in the landslide.

Following the incident, the National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed due to the threat of landslides. He will visit the accident site and review the situation.

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As per latest reports, two buses are feared to have been washed away in the landslide.

The Mandi district administration received the information about the incidents around 12.35am and the rescue operation team was rushed to the spot.

While one bus was on its way to Chamba district from the resort town of Manali, another was on its way to Katra in the neighboring state of Jammu and Kashmir from Manali. "We are not sure how many people were in this bus", he told AFP.

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Himachal landslide buries two buses, claims 7 lives