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

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

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

Eight passengers were travelling in Manali-Katra bus out of which five were killed while three other sustained injuries and were rescued during the operation.

The landslide occurred around 12.20 a.m. on the Mandi-Pathankot highway near Kotropi village in Jogindernagar tehsil, burying two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses, some private vehicles and several houses.

Soldiers and rescue workers in northern India pulled out 13 bodies from two buses buried in mud from a landslide that was triggered Sunday by heavy monsoon rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the deaths "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district". Meanwhile, the army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel with other rescue teams are searching the area for bodies buried under the debris.

Six bodies have been discovered for the moment, but the toll could rise, with many people unaccounted for, said Sandeep Kadam, a local community leader. 23 people of the 46 killed have been identified. Five injured persons were taken to a hospital.

The CM announced an immediate relief of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of deceased.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed with him the flood situation in the State where almost 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh tweeted he is on his way to the accident site, adding the NDRF has been called in.

The Health Minister announced financial assistance of rupees four lakh to the next of kin of the deceased while the Transport Minister announced that rupees one lakh would be given by HRTC.