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Six dead as landslide buries buses

Six dead as landslide buries buses

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.

Describing the development "an unprecedented tragedy", the Chief Minister, while talking to mediapersons said the rescue operation would continue until the last body of victim was recovered. So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal. Teams of Army, NDRF, along with Public Works Department have launched the rescue operation. The bus was said to be going from Manali to Katra in Jammu.

Eye witnesses said the number of causalities could be far more as some houses on the hill side, one bike and one vehicle were believed to have been at the spot at the time of accident.

Governor Acharya Devvrat also expressed grief.

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.

Rescue operations are underway to rescue the people who remain stranded on the Manali-Pathankot NH-154.

Huge chunk of debris sliding down the hill washed away the two HRTC buses, some other vehicles and few houses besides a 250-meter stretch of Pathankot-Mandi national highway.

Around 50 people are feared dead in a major landslide that occurred today in Himachal Pradesh. My condolences with the families of the deceased, ' the PM said in a tweet. Another survivor claimed that the man was also swept away by the landslide.


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