50 feared dead in massive landslide at Mandi

Aug 13, 2017 14:49 | CrimeMishappenings

Mandi: Massive landslide today takes away 50 precious lives in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. As per the reports landslide triggered by a cloud burst hit the area which is passing through the NH 21. Two HRTS buses were come into the impact of this leaving 8 dead and around 25 others was not known.

As per the reports the death toll may touch the figure of 50.

One of the buses was going from Manali to Katra and another from One of the buses was going from Manali to Katra and another from Mnali to Chamba.

The buses had halted for a tea break at Kotrupi in the night when the tragedy struck, said special secretary (Disaster) D D Sharma.

The landslide swept away the road and the buses for almost 800 metres down into a gorge and there was no trace of one of the buses which was completely buried under the debris so far.

The number of passengers in the buses could be between 30 and 40 as the number of passengers who boarded the bus en route was not known.

He said immediately after receiving the information the ADM was rushed to the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy.

'Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,' the PMO said in a tweet quoting Modi.

'I pray for the quick recovery of those injured in Mandi district. Team of NDRF is going to Mandi to take part in the rescue and relief operations and provide all possible assistance required,' he said.

The Army and National Disaster Response Force teams have reached the spot and started rescue operation along with the police, administration and local people.

The inspector general central range and Deputy Commissioner and superintendent of police are on the spot, he added.

Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said that as per preliminary information there were eight passengers in the Manali-Katra Volvo bus while 47 passengers were travelling in the other bus.

Authorities have been directed to arrange for on the spot post-mortem, he added.

So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal.