Shimla: Thirty people are feared killed after a massive landslide buried two buses they were travelling in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district.
The incident happened near Mandi-Pathankot highway on Saturday night.
The number of people who are feared dead in the landslide is likely to increase.
The army along with the local authorities and the National Disaster Response Force are carrying out a search and rescue operation. Five people have been rescued, an official said.
Eight bodies have been recovered, including the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence. “Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,” PM Modi tweeted.
The landslide happened at Kotrupi, 220 kilometres from Shimla. The police said the two buses were parked on the highway while the passengers were out for snacks just before the landslide happened. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely.
One of the buses was going from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra. As per sources, eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in the other bus.