HRTC buses swept away in landslide, 50 feared killed

Himachal At least five killed in landslide in Mandi district many more feared dead

One of the buses was travelling to Chamba from Manali while the other was travelling to Katra in Jammu from Manali when the landslide occurred.

In a post on Facebook, Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said that rescue operations have been underway at the site since 2 am and also Indian Army has been called in to assist considering the seriousness of the situation.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

The tragedy struck at 12.15 am today in Kotrupi village in Padhar sub-division of Mandi district.

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So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal. "A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 meters from the National Highway, and four people have been rescued from the debris", Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam told ANI.

The number of people who are feared dead in the landslide is likely to increase, Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters.

"I pray for the quick recovery of those injured in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh".

About 30 people were killed on Sunday after two Himachal roadway buses fell in a km-deep gorge at around 11:30 AM, while seven others were killed in an accident involving three vehicles early in the morning. People present on the spot said the rescue operation was affected by rains.

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