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Himachal Pradesh landslide: Six killed, rescue operations underway

Himachal Pradesh landslide: Six killed, rescue operations underway

At least six people were killed and dozens more were missing on Sunday after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep gorge in mountainous northern India. The landslide happened on the national highway that connects Manali and Mandi, shortly after midnight.

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. The injured persons were taken to a hospital. The administration called in the army and NDRF teams for the rescue operations.

Officials who are supervising the rescue operation said that it is a tough task for the rescue teams because the whole area has been covered with several feet of mud and big boulders.

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Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out. "A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 meters from the National Highway, and four people have been rescued from the debris", Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam told ANI. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50.

Apart from the locals, the police, fire services and home guard personnel were already on the spot carrying on the rescue operations.

Meanwhile, NH-21 Mandi to Aut has been declared unsafe and traffic has been diverted to Kulu Manali via Kamand route.


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