At least eight persons were killed and over 40 missing in a massive landslide that swallowed a 150-metre stretch of road, and buried homes, two buses and vehicles in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district early on Sunday, officials said. According to Hindustan Times, rescue operations were affected by rains.
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.
One of the state roadways bus was hit by the landslide debris and skidded off the road, falling down by nearly a kilometre. Rescue operation has been under way since 2am, he said, adding, one bus was going to Chamba while another to Katra from Manali when the incident took place. A four-storey building too collapsed while several other houses were partly damaged in the landslide.
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A stretch of the National Highway 21, that passes through Mandi, has been closed fearing more landslides.
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. "Efforts are on to rescue the trapped passengers", DIG, Northern Range, Ajay Kumar Yadav said. "We are not sure how many people were in this bus", he told AFP.