Himachal

MAJOR LAND SLIDE IN HIMACHAL, SEVEN KILLED, MORE THAN 40 FEARED TRAPPED

August 13, 2017 12:06 PM

Shimla (Face2News Desk)

In Himachal a major landslide reported on Sunday with result seven persons have been killed travelling in two Himachal Roadways Buses. About 40-45 people from two State transport buses and other light vehicles are feared trapped. Seven people have been killed so for and about 40-45 are feared trapped in a massive landslide that occurred on Sunday at Kotrupi on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway near Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing. “Rescue operations is on since 2:00 am and I am in constant touch with the authorities,” he said in a Facebook post.  Two State Transport buses and some light vehicles have been buried under the huge debris that had come down in the wee hours on Sunday. The mishap occurred around 1.30 am when the vehicles were halting for rest at a place called Urla-Jogindernagar.

According to reports at least 40 to 45  passengers  were travelling in two Himachal roadway buses are feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi Pathankot National Highway.  The incident took place on Saturday late night. Earlier in the day, four people were rescued from the debris.The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. However, the details of the victims and injured are awaited. Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam had said, "A bus had also rolled down to nearly 800 meters from the National Highway and four people have been rescued from the debris.""The rain has hampered the rescue operation which is making it tough for the police and home guard," Kadam added.

Meanwhile, Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing. “Rescue operations is on since 2:00 am and I am in constant touch with the authorities,” he said in a Facebook post.  Two State Transport buses and some light vehicles have been buried under the huge debris that had come down in the wee hours on Sunday. The mishap occurred around 1.30 am when the vehicles were halting for rest at a place called Urla-Jogindernagar.

The Army and NDRF teams have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway. More than a hundred army personnel of 9 Grenadier have reached from Palampur.According to eye witnesses an entire portion of a big hill caved down for more than 100 meters, and around one km of road has been washed away. The two HRTC buses buried under the muck were going from Manali to Chamba and Manali to Katra, said G.S. Bali, State Transport Minister. This highway has been closed and the traffic has been diverted to alternate roads like Kamand-Kotla-Kullu by the district administration. (inputes from agencies)

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