48 Dead In Himachal Pradesh Landslide

Vastavam web: Their pilgrim, jolly trip became miserable as an avalanche hits their bus and it led to fell into a gorge. Around 48 people were killed and several injured after a massive landslide buried two government-run buses in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, officials said on Sunday. The number of people killed could rise as over 50 passengers were travelling in the two buses hit by the landslide at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway which was triggered by a cloudburst, they said. Some other vehicles may also have been hit by the landslide, the officials said. “48 bodies have been recovered and of these 23 have been identified,” an official said. Rescue operations were suspended late evening as there were apprehensions of more landslides, he said. The rescue work will resume today. The Indian Army also helped in the rescue efforts in the landslide in Himachal Pradesh. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the army and the police were sent in and heavy earth-moving machinery called in at the gorge where the two buses lay buried under a heap of debris.