13 August, 2017
At least 50 people are feared dead after two buses were swept away by a massive landslide Sunday in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The landslide happened on the national highway that connects Manali and Mandi, shortly after midnight.
The landslide swept away the road and the buses for nearly 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. Around 250 meters wide debris have blocked the busy national highway.Administration has called army and NDRF teams for rescue operation as many people are still buried under debris.
So far, eight bodies have been recovered from the debris.
Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam had confirmed the death of two people and stated "three vehicles were stranded after the landslide".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence.
Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away.
One of the buses was carrying 47 passengers from Chamba to Mandi while the second bus, was carrying about 8-10 passengers from Katra to Manali when the accident occurred. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing.
In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving vehicle.