Mandi landslide: Death toll rises to five

Mandi landslide: Death toll rises to five

At least 6 people have been killed and 6 others injured due to landslides in the Padhar area of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali confirmed the tragedy saying one bus was going to Chamba while another to Katra from Manali when the incident took place.

The landslide occurred around 12.20am on the Mandi-Pathankot highway near Kotropi village in Jogindernagar tehsil, burying two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses, some private vehicles and several houses. Immdiate rescue operations were launched.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide. Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in the other bus. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely. People present on the spot said the rescue operation was affected by rains.

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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.

Local TV channels reported that the two buses were stationed at a roadside eatery located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.

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

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