Himachal landslide: Eight bodies recovered, PM Modi pained by loss of lives

Himachal landslide

At least six persons were killed and many are feared trapped in a massive landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning, an official said. A search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities and the Indian Army. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".

Meanwhile, National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut was closed for travelling passengers due to the threat of landslides. "My condolences with the families of the deceased".

One of the state roadways bus was hit by the landslide debris and skidded off the road, falling down by nearly a kilometre.

According to eyewitnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.

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"The other bus has been swept away, 800 metres down the steep hillside".

Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident, following which a rescue operation was launched.

The bus from Chamba to Manali was carrying the maximum number of passengers. Mandi deputy commissioner, along with officials from administration and police is also camping at the spot.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed with him the flood situation in the State where almost 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed. "The relief announcement will be done by the Government as per the schedule", Singh told ANI.

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