Himachal Pradesh: 46 killed after landslide hits two buses

Himachal Pradesh: 46 killed after landslide hits two buses

Himachal Pradesh: 46 killed after landslide hits two buses

The landslide occurred around midnight on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway burying the two buses.

A landslide that swept two passenger buses off a hillside in northern India has killed 45 people, officials have said.

Earlier in the day, rescue teams from NDRF and army were called at the scene of the landslide from Kangra to carry out rescue and rehabilitation operation on a war-footing.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday offered condolence to the families of the deceased in the Mandi landslide and requested the Himachal Pradesh Government to provide every possible aid.

Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll is likely to increase. He said the rescue operation would continue until the last body of victim was recovered.

Only 12 bodies have been recovered so far after daylong rescue and joint search operation carried out by the administration, police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), army and locals. Five injured persons were taken to a hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences in a tweet. One of them said that they (the five survivors) had alighted after being alerted by a person on a two-wheeler who was reportedly making a video of the approaching landslide. He prayed for safety of the missing passengers and speedy recovery of those injured.

It was not immediately clear how many people were travelling in the buses, Kadam said.

Thakur announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, while Bali announced that Rs 1 lakh would be given to each bereaved family by the HRTC.

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