Himachal landslide buries two buses, claims 7 lives

Himachal landslide buries two buses, claims 7 lives

Indian Army personnel and members of the NDRF have been called for fast execution of the rescue operations.

At least five people were killed last month in a mudslide in remote Arunachal Pradesh state along the border with China.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed for the quick recovery of those injured.

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.

Due to frequent landslides travelling by road in Himachal is risky especially along the Chandigarh-Manali national highway between Pandoh-Aut stretch, along Pathankot-Mandi national highway between Jogindernagar and Mandi stretch and along Chandigarh-Shimla highway especially between Parwanoo and Solan.

As per latest reports, two buses are feared to have been washed away in the landslide.

One of the buses was carrying 47 passengers from Chamba to Mandi while the second bus, was carrying about 8-10 passengers from Katra to Manali when the accident occurred.

"Three vehicles were stranded after the landslide". Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50.

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. "Immediate relief will be provided", Mr Singh said.