Feared Dead As Landslide Sweeps Away 2 Buses In Himachal Pradesh

Authorities inspect the site of tragedy

Authorities inspect the site of tragedy

Around 250 meters wide debris have blocked the busy national highway.Administration has called army and NDRF teams for rescue operation as many people are still buried under debris.

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. The IG central range and Deputy Commissioner and SP are on the spot, he added. The injured were taken were taken to a hospital. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing.

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. "Rescue operations is on since 2:00 am and I am in constant touch with the authorities", he said in a Facebook post.

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

According to an official, the landslide occurred around midnight on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway burying two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses.

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