Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

At least six persons were killed and many are feared trapped in a massive landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning, an official said.

One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali.

The army along with the local authorities and the National Disaster Response Force are carrying out a search and rescue operation.

Following the incident, the National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed due to the threat of landslides.

So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal.

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

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Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away.

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

The number of passengers in the buses could be between 30 and 40 as the number of passengers who boarded the bus en route was not known.

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

It was earlier reported that two people were killed and four injured.

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