At least 45 dead in Himachal Pradesh landslide
A massive landslide buried two Himachal Pradesh roadways buses, killing at least forty-five persons and injuring several others at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway, officials said.
The toll was set to rise as over 50 passengers were travelling in the two buses hit by the landslide which was triggered by a cloud burst, they said.
ANI quoted Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam says 45 bodies recovered so far, and the rescue work is still underway.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the police were rushed and heavy earth-moving machinery deployed at the gorge where the two buses lay buried under a heap of debris. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the spot and said the rescue operation would continue till the last body was recovered. He said that eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus of which three lost their lives while five were rescued and admitted to the zonal hospital in Mandi.
There were around 47 passengers in the second bus which was on its way from Manali to Chamba, an official said. The chief minister said the state government would bear medical expenses of the injured passengers. He also met the …read more