Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

At least 46 killed in massive landslide in northern India

At least 46 killed in massive landslide in northern India

At least six people were killed and dozens more were missing on Sunday after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep gorge in mountainous northern India. According to Hindustan Times, rescue operations were affected by rains. So far 34 bodies have been recovered and 13 of them have been identified.

Rescue work, which is being carried out by teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Army and Himachal Pradesh Police, is set to resume in the morning. While one of the buses was on its way from Chamba to Manali with at least 45 passengers on board, the other one from the opposite direction was bound for Katra (Jammu) from Manali. "One of the buses is buried under almost 15 metres (50 feet) of mud".

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Governor Acharya Devvrat also expressed grief. Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal also visited the spot.

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

The Chief Minister said the topographical condition of the State was such that such incidents could not be averted but the Government would provide whatever possible help to the family members of deceased.

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Around 50 people are feared dead in a major landslide that occurred today in Himachal Pradesh. "My condolences with the families of the deceased". Five houses were also damaged in the landslide.

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